Narok Senator Charged with Ethnic Contempt

Narok county Senator Ledama Ole Kina with his supporters.

Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina was on Monday June 29 charged with ethnic conptempt which he denied before magistrate Martha Mutuku who dismissed the senator’s application to end his case.

Ms. Mutuku said Ledama’s application to end his case lacked merit and was dismissed.

She said that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) will issue the Senator with the evidence supporting his allegations and he will be allowed to challenge it through cross-examination.

Defense lawyers Omwanza Ombati and Prof George Wajackoya objected in court claiming that Ledama’s case lacked merit but the Chief magistrate disallowed their objection.

Ms. Mutuku mentioned that the senator’s case can be heard by an alternative dispute resolution before the final trial.

After dismissing the objection raised by his lawyers, Ms. Mutuku asked Ole Kina to answer his charges as drafted by DPP.

The senator denied uttering words in a live TV show which were intended to incite feelings of discrimination against non-Maasai communities living in Narok County.

The charge against Senator Ole Kina states, “on February 19, 2020, at Jeff Koinange Live Citizen news TV Channel, in Nairobi within Nairobi county, uttered words to the effect that Maasai issues will be articulated by Maasais! Not Manje…”

The charges, according to the prosecution, are contrary to the National Cohesion and Integration Act No 12 of 2008.

Ms. Mutuku released the Narok Senator on a cash bail of sh100,000 or Ksh200,000 bond until June 30 when the case will be mentioned.

The magistrate directed Mr. Ledama not to post about his case in public while it is still pending in court.

His lawyer Mr. Ombati confirmed to the court that the senator will not deviate from court orders.

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