Senator Ole Kina charged with ethnic contempt, freed on bail

By Sheila Mutua On Mon, 29 Jun, 2020 12:21 | < 1 min read
Ledama ole Kina
Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina in court on Monday, June 29, 2020. PHOTO | SHEILA MUTUA

Narok Senator Ole kina has been charged with ethnic contempt after a Nairobi court dismissed his application challenging the charge sheet.

On Monday, June 29, Nairobi Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku ruled that the issues raised in the charge sheet are evidential in nature.

The senator pleaded not guilty to the ethnic contempt charge and was released on Ksh100,000 cash bail.

However, the court ordered him not to comment on the issue until his case is heard and determined.

The Chief Magistrate had in May issued summoned the senator to appear in court on June 2, to answer to charges of ethnic contempt and incitement to violence.

According to the charge sheet, the senator is alleged that on February 19, 2020, while at the JKLive on Citizen TV to have uttered words that “Maasai issues will be articulated by Maasais not Manje who is…who…who can be able to get an audience in Mount Kenya.”

The prosecutor told the court that the words were intended to incite feelings of discrimination against non-Maasai communities living in Narok County because of their ethnicity.

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