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Mutahi Ngunyi summoned over hate speech posts

Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi was on Monday summoned by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) over his posts on Twitter that targeted a particular community.

During the meeting with the NCIC commissioners, Mr Ngunyi asked for more time to prepare his statement because he had just landed from an overseas trip.

NCIC commissioner Hassan Sheikh Mohamed told Nairobi News that Mr Ngunyi will formally appear before the commission on Thursday.

“He asked to come back at a later date because he had just arrived from a long and tiring trip. We allowed him to come back on Thursday when the official hearing will be held,” he said via phone.

The summon by NCIC was in response to a protest letter by Law Society of Kenya secretary general Apollo Mboya who had called on the commission to probe the remarks by Mr Ngunyi and recommend hate speech charges against him.

The letter was copied to Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko and the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet.

Last week, the political analyst had apologised for the posts on Twitter.

“I apologize to the Luo nation unreservedly. No harm Intended. I am a product of Luo scholars whom I respect immensely. I eat the humble pie,” tweeted Mr Ngunyi.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story stated that Mr Ngunyi was grilled by NCIC commissioners. We have since learnt that Mr Ngunyi is yet to be questioned over the Twitter posts.