KURIA,WAITITU INCITEMENT CASE FAILS TO PROCEED.

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Kabete Member of Parliament Ferdinand Waititu with hios lawyers Cliff Ombeta and Harrison Kinyanjui leaving Milimani Law Courts on Monday October 3, 2016.

BY SAM ALFAN.

Nairobi court has issued summons against two senior police officers who filed to turn up in court to testify against two Jubilee politicians charged with hate speech.

Inspector Benson Gicheru and Jackson Cheboi who were expected to testify today but failed to turn up in court.

Their absence forced the hearing of a case in which the two Kiambu politicians were charged with offenses relating to hate speech adjourned despite plea by lawyer Cliff Ombeta to p[proceed with the matter.

But the MPs, through lawyers Cliff Ombeta and Harrison Kinyanjui, protested the request to adjourn the matter and instead called for the case to be closed for lack of seriousness from the part of the Prosecution.
And Magistrate Charity Oluoch declined to have the case closed but warned prosecution saying this was the last adjournment of the matter if it has to proceed.

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and Kabete’s Ferdinand Waititu were present in court for the start of the hearing of the case in which they were charged together with six other legislators including those from the opposition.

However Prosecution requested court to have the case adjourned to a later date since the expected witnesses had not turned up as expected.

Through Senior Prosecutor Duncan Ondimu, explained that one of the witnesses, a police officer, had traveled upcountry over the weekend
and had not returned to the city.

The case will be mentioned on October 5 to confirm the next hearing date and availability of the said witnesses.

 

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