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Kuria will not be prosecuted for hate speech

09 January 2015, 18:41 William Korir

Nairobi - Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria will not be prosecuted for hate speech but will seek out of court settlement the commission for cohesion and integration has announced. 

The Gatundu MP has been in court over accusations he made on social media site Facebook which amounted to hate speech and was initially taken to court by the Law Society of Kenya LSK and later by the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

His position though, seems likely to be safe after the integration commission announced that it will not take his case further but seek a solution out of court.

In a letter in News24's possession dated Friday, the commission summons Kuria to a meeting Monday to undertake steps to solve his issue out of court.

" The commission wishes to give direction on the case regarding you, Hon. Moses Kuria and the matter before the commission where he is accused of hate speech. The commission is mandated to promote reconciliation and similar forms of dispute resolution mechanism in order to secure and enhance ethnic and racial harmony and peace in the country and the court has granted leave to pursue an out of court settlement in the matter.

" You are required at the commission’s offices at KMA Centre, 6th floor, Mara Road, Upper Hill, on the 12th January 2015, for purposes of a conciliatory meeting," NCIC secretary Hassan Mohammed said in the letter. 

The move will likely draw criticism from the opposition and members of the civil society especially since blogger Allan Wadi was jailed for two years for a similar offence in December.

Already, activist Boniface Mwangi has lamented what he calls selective justice in the country, stating that laws are for the rich and poor respectively.

The opposition CORD coalition has already set in place plans to help Wadi secure his freedom, stating that many before him have got out with light sentences despite making disparaging comments.

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