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February 23, 2019

Junet faces charges of hate speech

Suna East MP Junet Mohamed on Friday after he was charged with hate speech in a Homa Bay court /ROBERT OMOLLO
Suna East MP Junet Mohamed on Friday after he was charged with hate speech in a Homa Bay court /ROBERT OMOLLO
Suna East MP and ODM director of elections Junet Mohamed on Friday was charged in a Homa Bay court with hate speech.
He appeared before principal magistrate Susan Ndegwa.
Mohamed is accused of saying, “Jana nilimwambia Gavana Joho kabla ya kuja hapa atayarishe makaburini ground huko Mombasa. Tutakuja na baba [Raila Odinga] aapishwe. Yeye atakuwa Rais wa huko pwani, hapa Nyanza, Western na Northeastern. Na hawa watabaki huko kwao Nyeri.”
He allegedly uttered the words on July 2, 2017, at Tourist Hotel, Homa Bay county.
The court said the words were intended to incite feelings of contempt, hatred and discrimination against the people of Nyeri, based on their ethnicity.
The MP denied the charges.
His lawyer Samuel Nyauke appealed to the court to accord his client Sh50,000 bond.
He was released on Sh500,000 bond or Sh100,000 bail.
The case will be heard on October 24.
Homa Bay DCIO Joseph Tuksho said police had been pursuing the MP since he made the remarks.
The MP was travelling from Kisumu to Migori when he was arrested at a road block. Tuksho warned politicians against hate speech. After his release, Mohamed told journalists his arrest was meant to silence those who criticise the Jubilee leadership over plans to rig the General Election.
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