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Uhuru’s aide faults selective justice on hate speech

State House Digital Director Dennis Itumbi on Monday called for the case against blogger Allan Wadi to be reviewed in the same standard as that of Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.

Through a post on Facebook, Itumbi stated that the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) should accord the same treatment to blogger Wadi as stated in the law.

“Given that the decision by NCIC is grounded in law, then to be fair in perception and fact…NCIC should give the same chance to Wadi,” said Itumbi.

He stated that he is a good friend to Kuria and was happy that an amicable solution had been reached on his case.

“But as a person holding a Public office, I have maintained for a long time that it was unfair to criticize the State and accuse it of double standard,” he added.

Kuria was instructed to publicly apologize for his hate statement made on social media and agreed to it.

During the meeting by the commission and the Law Society of Kenya, a decision was reached according to the NCIC Act to allow a public apology and submit a recommendation to the courts before the matter is ruled.

Earlier this month, blogger “Lieutenant” Alan Wadi was sentenced to a year in jail for insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta on social media and an additional year if he failed to pay a Sh200, 000 fine.