Eight MPs charged with hate speech at Milimani Law Courts
17 June 2016, 11:59
Nairobi - Eight MPs were Friday charged with with incitement to violence at the Milimani Law Courts.
Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu south), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete), Junet Mohamed (Suna East) Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba) and woman representatives Florence Mutua (Busia) and Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi) were arrested Tuesday for uttering inflammatory remarks.
According to The Star, Waititu, Kuria, Ngunjiri and Muthama are yet to plead to the charges.
The court refused to grant them bail amid several applications by their lawyers.
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Various leaders had raised concerns that the MPs were being held in deplorable cells, with CORD leader Raila Odinga threatening to call for demos to push for their release.
On Thursday, there were reports that some of them had developed cold and chest pains.
On Friday, one of the legislators fell ill inside court and had to be escorted out.
The court has however assured that their plight would be looked into, Daily Nation reports, saying that their detention would help the Director of Public Prosecutions to protect the public.