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Kenya: 10 Cord Lawmakers Summoned Over Hate Speech

Nairobi — The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) announced through its Twitter account on Friday that it had ordered 10 Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leaders to be summoned to record statements over hate speech.

The leaders are Senators Hassan Omar (Mombasa), Johnson Muthama (Machakos), James Orengo (Siaya), Boni Khalwale (Kakamega) Nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro, Members of Parliament TJ Kajwang (Ruaraka), Simba Arati (Dagoretti), Jakoyo Midiwo (Gem) and Suna's Junet Mohammed.

"DPP has today received police file # hate speech against Senators Omar, Muthama & Ongoro and ordered they be summoned to record statements," @ODPP_KE tweeted.

The ODPP did not however go into specifics over the where, when and what, in its tweets but CORD has held a number of rallies calling for a national dialogue conference on July 7 since May 30 when former Prime Minister Raila Odinga returned to the country after a three month lecturing tour of the United States of America.

As of Friday evening, Mohammed told Capital FM News that he was yet to receive summons and that he had no idea for what misdeeds.

"Where have they said that? Their Twitter account? I'd not heard anything about it," he said in a phone conversation.

The ODPP's directive that the 10 CORD leaders record statements over hate speech comes just a day after the DPP Keriako Tobiko ordered the prosecution of political activist and Gatundu South parliamentary aspirant Moses Kuria over his Facebook posts.

It also came just a day after the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) wrote to the ODPP demanding investigations into Othaya MP Mary Wambui and her Starehe counterpart Maina Kamanda, again over hate speech.

"I want to tell Raila that all members of the Kikuyu community will protect Uhuru's Presidency by all means necessary, even if it means shedding blood. The fact that we are silent does not mean that we don't know what is happening. I urge you all to be ready to respond when we sound the warning. We must defend the Uhuru Government," LSK quoted Kamanda as saying.

Prior to the directive that the CORD leaders record statements over hate speech, Jubilee MPs had criticised the language used at their rallies with a section of CORD and Jubilee MPs calling for them to be cancelled.

"We also want and demand of him (Odinga) to explain to Kenyans what he meant by his statement directed to the President that; "ukiona mwenzako akinyolewa chako kitie maji ama utanyolewa bila (when you see your colleague being shaved, apply water on your head, lest you face a dry shave," Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa demanded.

On Friday, Anyang' Nyong'o also denied being party to alleged statements by a section of CORD leaders that Odinga will be sworn in should President Uhuru Kenyatta fail to heed the calls for the national dialogue conference.

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