Court issues arrest warrant against Waititu
03 October 2013, 10:01
Nairobi - A Nairobi court has issued a warrant of arrest for former Embakasi MP, Ferdinand Waititu, after he failed to appear before the court to respond to hate speech charges.
Waititu was supposed to appear in court earlier this week but could not for reasons that could not be ascertained.
He was also scheduled to appear before Principal Magistrate Lucy Mbugua, to respond to other charges of incitement to violence.
It is alleged that Waititu uttered words that were calculated to spark violence against the Maasai community members in Kayole.
Waititu had earlier denied the charges and made a public apology for his remarks that allegedly incited the violence that left two people dead.
The subsequent problems also cost Waititu his job as the Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation.
He had requested for an out-of-court settlement of the case arguing that his utterances had caused animosity between the communities living in Kayole.
Waititu argued such a settlement would allow him to reconcile the warring communities.
“We are aware of the reconciliatory meetings and we may drop the charges in the event that an agreement is reached,” said the prosecution.
– CAJ News