Kuria in hot water as NCIC pulls out of conciliation efforts
16 January 2015, 12:53
Nairobi - Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria will be prosecuted in court for hate speech after the National Cohesion and Integration Commission NCIC pulled out of reconciliation efforts.
The NCIC said Friday that it had pulled out of efforts to help Kuria negotiate his way out of pending charges in court after he posted more derogatory content on his social media accounts just a few days after being initially cleared by the Commission to settle a pending case out of court.
The Commission had earlier stated that it would allow Kuria to walk away scot free if he apologized in public, in a national newspaper and showed genuine remorse.
However, the Commission states that Kuria has not shown much reform in recent days to deserve a get out of jail card.
" While the Commission believes that the individual is innocent until proven guilty and that freedom of expression is guaranteed under section 33 of the Constitution, the Commission has regrettably noted that Hon. Moses Kuria has not shown conciliatory demeanour in his social media accounts. While the conciliation process is continuing, Hon Kuria has continued to post material on his social media accounts that in the eyes of the Commission is likely to cause disharmony and is in contradiction to the spirit of conciliation.
" Thus the Commission has decided to withdraw from the conciliation process and let the case proceed to its logical conclusion through the judicial process, the Commission said.
Kuria made the said comments last year, pointing at a number of ethnic groups in a derogatory manner.
But in comments made recently again on his social media account, he pointed to an ethnic group and their lack of circumcision using a bible verse.
The Law Society of Kenya had taken Kuria to court over the speech made last year and now it waits to be seen if he will land a sentence of some sort, similar to jailed blogger Allan Wadi who is currently serving a two year sentence over purported hate speech towards President Uhuru Kenyatta.
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