Moses Kuria, Ferdinand Waititu Face Grilling Over Inciteful Remarks


Police are investigating MPs Moses Kuria and Ferdinand Waititu after they were caught in a video making inciteful remarks against a community in Nairobi.

Police said Waititu reportedly called for circumcision of Luos in Nairobi, while Kuria is said to have called for the assassination of CORD leader Raila Odinga.

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Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said they have examined the videos and have summoned six MPs, including the two leaders who made the alleged inciteful remarks in Kasarani on Sunday.

The MPs are to appear before the CID over hate remarks. The others are MPs Junet Mohamed (Suna East), Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete) and Kilifi woman representative Aisha Jumwa.

Boinnet was reported to have said:

“It is not right and that is why we have started an investigation to get to the bottom of it. We have the video which we are reviewing for action.”

“All leaders making suspect remarks must appear at the headquarters immediately.”

moses kuria face police grilling for making inciteful remarks

In a video, Kuria is heard urging the authority to make Raila bite the bullet so that the country can go on in peace. Describing him as a “threat to the nation”,  Kuria on Sunday at the thanksgiving rally of a vernacular station radio presenter held at the Safaricom indoor stadium, Kasarani, said the country will recover without Raila within a week of his burial.

The video showing the MP making the inciteful remarks immediately went viral on social media with many Kenyans demanding his detention. ODM MPs gave police 24-hour deadline to arrest the two Jubilee MPs accused of spreading hate among Kenyans after the video was published online.

The MPs said they will take unspecified action against Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and his Bahati counterpart Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri if they fail to respond promptly to their demand.

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Among the options that the party gave included marching to Boinnet’s offices on Thursday if the State does not act on the alleged hate comments.

In a press conference on Monday, the leaders also asked that the National Cohesion and Integration Commission be disbanded on grounds that it has failed in its mandate.

The two legislators are yet to be cleared of some charges related to incitement. Kuria is also facing charges for urging the youths in his constituency to attack, with pangas, people opposed to National Youth Service projects and for alleged hate speech on social media.

On May 2014, Kuria reportedly made a statement that was mostly like to cause problem between Kikuyus and Somalis. Waititu is also charged with statements targeting the Maasai community when he was Embakasi MP.