Moses Kuria never incited violence, assistant commissioner testifies


Former Gatundu South Assistant County Commissioner has told court that MP Moses Kuria did not incite violence during a government function in his constituency in 2015.

Alexander Mukindia told trial magistrate Kenneth Cheruiyot that the video clip was not recorded at the stadium in Gatundu South where the function took place.

Kuria is charged with incitement to violence on 26th July 2015.

The commissioner told the court that the clip was taken in a bushy area and not the stadium.

He said that he was shocked to see the clip as he never anticipated such.

“The clip I was shown by the police did not relate to the events of that day,” said Mukindia.

He further testified that youth behavior and illicit bre was part of the agenda at the said function and the youth had been called upon to help clear the bush that was a hide out for the brewers.

“The youth had been hired to help clear the bush around Wamuguthuko which had been a hide out for illicit brewers using pangas,” he testified.

The witness also said that “as a master of ceremony and government official at the function, he would not have allowed anyone to make such utterances”.

In the clip, Kuria is allegedly shown telling panga armed youth to attack people opposed to the National Youth Service projects.

Former NYS Director General Nelson Githinji was also in attendance among other state officials.

Kuria denied the charges and was released on bail pending determination of the case.

The hearing will continue on 17th and 18th April.