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Why Jubilee MPs kept off hate speech proceedings

The three Jubilee MPs charged with hate-speech and incitement were isolated after government-allied legislators failed to show up at the Milimani Law Courts on Friday.

Comparatively, Cord leader Raila Odinga led a battalion of MPs to the courts in solidarity with their arrested colleagues.

Sources have told Nairobi News that President Uhuru Kenyatta warned Jubilee MPs against going to the courts to show support for Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete) and Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati).

The six Cord legislators are Senator Johnson Muthama (Machakos), MPs Junet Mohammed (Suna East), Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba), Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi) and Florence Mutua (Busia).

The warning, we are told, was issued through majority leaders Aden Duale (National Assembly) and Kithure Kindiki (Senate).

“The President reasons that an impression would have been created that his government supports hate-speech,” said the source who requested anonymity.

People have questioned the genuineness of the government in stamping out hate-speech after Mr Kuria was included in the select committee on IEBC reforms, although he had been charged with hate speech.