The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has disagreed with the demands by political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi to settle the matter involving hate speech anywhere else in the world but court.
Ngunyi was arraigned in court for publishing malicious messages of ethnic contempt on his Twitter page as well as sharing a derogatory comment about CORD leader Raila Odinga and the Luo community on social media.
The commission and the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko told the court yesterday that they want the matter to continue to a full hearing.
Mutahi Ngunyi was last year subjected to intense questioning by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) over his said hate comments against the Luo and Luhya communities.
Nguyi accepted that he was wrong to have posted online the comment that drew criticism from different quarters and had offered an apology to the Luo community over the controversial posts on his twitter account.
According to him,
I would root for reconciliation because that is what the NCIC Act specifically talks about.
But that’s not what the commission and Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko seem to want from Mr Ngunyi. He is facing a criminal case for his hate speech.
He denied the charge and was bailed on a Sh200,000 bond.
Nairobi Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku was informed that the commission has penned Ngunyi’s lawyer on its plans to continue with the case and is yet to get a reply. Prosecutors told the court their plan to go on with the hearing of the matter. The defence team, led by lawyer Jennifer Shamala, however begged for an adjournment to enable them get ready for the case. Granting the plea, the court set the hearing date for March 22.
Ms Shamala expressed her shock and said she was not expecting NCIC to proceed with the case. Mutahi Ngunyi is yet to comment on the latest development.