Senator Muthama risks arrest, prosecution over fresh hate speech allegations

Johnson Muthama
Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama in a past briefing

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko has recommended that Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama be interrogated and speedy investigations be conducted into offensive utterances he allegedly made less than a week ago.

In a statement to newsrooms, Tobiko acknowledged that he had received a file from the Director of the Criminal Inspectorate that had recommended Muthama be charged with the offence of Ethnic Contempt Contrary to Section 62(1) of the National Cohesion and Integration Act No. 12 of 2008.

“As the matter falls under the mandate of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, the DPP has forwarded the inquiry file to the said commission and directed that the suspect be immediately interrogated into the offensive utterances and the resultant inquiry file be forwarded to him for his appropriate action,” read the statement from the office of the DPP.

Muthama will be queried over remarks he made on June 27th in Busia town during the homecoming ceremony of Women Representative Florence Mutua.

Mutua and Muthama were among the eight legislators detained two weeks ago over alleged hate speech.

The lawmakers were released on a Ksh 1 million bond each with a surety of a similar amount or an alternative cash bail of Ksh 300,000 in mid-June after they were arrested over hate speech and incitement to violence allegations.

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