Ngunyi not yet off the hook even after presenting Luos with white goat
Even after giving a goat to assuage the anger of the Luo community over ethnic contempt, political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi now faces hate speech charges after Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Keriako Tobiko directed that he be prosecuted.
Mr Ngunyi joins senators Johnson Muthama (Machakos), Isaac Melly (Uasin Gishu) and Ali Bulle (Tana River), and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, who face prosecution over alleged hate speech and incitement to violence.
A statement signed by the DPP’s head of communication Beatrice Omari said there is evidence to charge Mr Ngunyi with ethnic contempt contrary to the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Act.
The DPP said this was in relation to messages Mr Ngunyi allegedly posted on his Twitter account disparaging Cord leader Raila Odinga and the Luo community and directed that he be charged accordingly.
The case against Mr Ngunyi follows a complaint by Mr Apollo Mboya who represents the Law Society of Kenya at the NCIC.
In a letter to NCIC Secretary Hassan Mohammed, Mr Mboya said Mr Ngunyi’s Twitter posts were 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 of which I am a member,” read the letter in part.
Mr Mboya called for investigations of Mr Ngunyi’s utterances and recommended that he be 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.