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Eldoret student charged with ethnic contempt, released on Sh1 million bond

Meshack Kipchirchir Korir faces ethnic contempt charges before Eldoret chief magistrate Charles Obulutsa, July 17, 2017. /MATHEWS NDANYI
Meshack Kipchirchir Korir faces ethnic contempt charges before Eldoret chief magistrate Charles Obulutsa, July 17, 2017. /MATHEWS NDANYI

A college student was charged with ethnic contempt at an Eldoret court on Monday.

Meshack Kipchirchir appeared before Eldoret chief magistrate Charles Obulutsa.

He denied posting an inciting message on Facebook on June 16.

"Watu wahame waende wakafanye upuzi central. Wamesikia kuna wakalee kwao? (Let people leave this place and go play in Central. Have they seen Kalenjins in their place of origin?)?" the charge sheet reads in part.

It states the message was calculated to stir up ethnic hatred between Kalenjins and Kikuyus.

The student's lawyer pleaded for lenient bond terms but the magistrate said the case cannot be taken lightly with the country heading to the polls.

"He is a student...I plead with the court to reduce the bond terms," Christopher Mitei said.

The student was released on a Sh1 million bond with the alternative of Sh500,000 cash bail.

Obulutsa noted: "The issue has the potential to cause bloodshed. That is why the court is giving such bond terms."

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The case will be heard on August 1st.


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