Man in court for insulting CS Joseph Nkaissery

Man in court for insulting CS Joseph Nkaissery

A middle-aged man was on Tuesday arraigned in a Narok court for allegedly insulting Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery.

In the case presided over by Chief Magistrate Wilbroda Juma, Saruni Tirkolo, was charged with two counts of publishing false statement contrary to Section 66 Chapter A of the Penal Code and perpetuating hate speech contrary to Section 13 Subsections 1 A of the National Cohesion and Integration Act.

The prosecutor informed the Court that on May 1st, 2016, the accused posted a message on Facebook alleging that CS Nkaissery had metamorphosed from a true Maasai son to an imbecilic, a betrayer, a killer and broker of Maasai land among other despicable insults.

On the same social account, the court heard that the Tirkolo had blamed CS Nkaissery the murder of Maasai locals which according to the Chief Magistrate was likely to spark ethnic hatred between communities living in the area.

After reading the alleged content, Juma said that the statements were inappropriate and likely to interfere with public peace.

Saruni Tirkolo denied two charges against him in a tight security and fully packed court where onlookers followed the proceeding through the windows.

Saruni Tirkolo before a Narok Court.
Saruni Tirkolo before a Narok Court.

Tirkolo, who is a University law student and banker, denied the two charges and was released on a Ksh 700,000 bond with a surety of similar amount or a cash bail of Ksh 400,000.

The Chief Magistrate further denied the accused access to his phone and SIM card as evidence in the continuing case.

She gave the prosecution and defence team more time to prepare for the case so that constitution rights of the accused were not being infringed upon.

The hearing of the case resumes on 21st of July this year in the same court.

Report by Reuben Motochi

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