LSK calls for hate speech probe on Mutahi Ngunyi’s Twitter posts
The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Secretary Apollo Mboya on Monday wrote to the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) calling for a probe and recommendation of hate speech charges against political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi.
In a letter addressed to the NCIC Secretary Hassan Mohammed, Mr Mboya said Ngunyi’s twitter posts are inciteful and against a specific community.
“In particular, the posts target members of a specific community as lacking individuality and in a state of mental slavery, assertions that are not only false but may very well constitute hate speeches directed at specific members of a community for which I am a member,” read the letter in part.
Mr Ngunyi has been on Twitter since 2011 and commands a following of over 400,000.
He has in a quick rejoinder said he will question LSK on whether Mr Mboya has authority to speak on their behalf on the alleged Twitter posts.
The LSK secretary, in his letter, called for the investigation of Mr Ngunyi’s utterances and recommendations to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Keriako Tobiko to have the political analyst charged.
“It is my view that the words uttered by Mutahi Ngunyi are intended to incite feelings of contempt, hatred, hostility, violence and/or discrimination against a community on the basis of ethnicity and therefore committed an offence under Section 62 of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Act,” said Mr Mboya in his letter.
Mr Mboya also copied the letter to the DPP and the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet.