– Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria riks being jailed after the director of Public Prosecution (DDP) ordered an application to be filed in court to withdraw bond granted to the lawmaker in a hate speech case.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria on Thursday blamed the media and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) for his woes after police interrogated him over alleged incitement.
According to him, the commission ignored remarks made by other legislators yet it kept him on its watchlist.
Mr Kuria spoke to journalists outside the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters in Nairobi.
Commission chairman Francis ole Kaparo had written to the police demanding that the MP be investigated over remarks he made in his constituency on Tuesday, which were interpreted as incitement to violence.
The MP told a group of panga-wielding youths in his constituency that they should attack people opposed to National Youth Service projects.
Mr Kaparo said his team would step up pressure to “tame” Mr Kuria for “hate remarks” in public.
“Mr Kaparo should be cognizant that he is leading a constitutional commission and needs to show that he is on the cases of others. My conscience is clear. I did not incite anyone. Every time I am summoned, I appear like a small boy,” he said.
Mr Kuria spoke as Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko sought to withdraw a bond granted to the lawmaker in an earlier hate speech case, as requested by Mr Kaparo.
Mr Kuria is out on a Sh5 million cash bail on a charge of incitement to violence and ethnic hatred.
Mr Tobiko wrote to Mr Kaparo to say that investigations had been launched into the MP’s latest remarks, with Senior Assistant Prosecutor Leonard Maingi assigned the case.
Yesterday, Mr Kuria was at the criminal investigations headquarters on Kiambu Road, minutes after 10am, and walked out four hours later.
“I am here because I was summoned and have recorded a statement. The truth will set me free and I hope justice will be done. I now leave this to the investigators,” said Mr Kuria.
According to him, he should be pardoned because he had apologised.
He then turned his anger on the media: “The media said I have apologised but with no regrets. I was misrepresented. What is your interest? I leave that to your conscience.”
On Wednesday, Mr Kuria made an apology at Parliament Buildings, saying he had not incited the youths since they had not acted on his words.
But speaking during a morning show on Nation FM, Mr Kaparo said: “Mr Kuria has not apologised because at the end of the so-called apology, he said he had no regrets.” Speaking later at the commission’s offices, Mr Kaparo, said he would write to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to remove people who make “venomous” statements from leadership positions.
He would also write to The National Alliance (TNA) party which sponsored Mr Kuria, saying it must ensure its members do not incite people.
TNA chairman Johnston Sakaja yesterday confirmed that the party had instituted disciplinary measures against the MP. He said Mr Kuria had been summoned over his utterances.