Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina in Court for Hate Speech Charges
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina was charged before Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku with one count of ethnic contempt said to have been uttered during a live television show.
The senator denied the charges of hate speech and ethnic contempt after losing his appeal to stop the case.
Ms Mutuku released him on a cash bail of Sh100, 000. Ole Kina joins a long list of politicians who have been charged with various offences of hate speech and stirring ethnic animosity but who have never been convicted as they end up being let free.
Some of the politicians who were recently charged with hate speech but were acquitted are Suna East MP Junet Mohammed, Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, Busia Women Rep Florence Mutua and former Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire.
Others are Gatundu MP Moses Kuria, former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama.
The Narok senator, through his lawyer Omwanza Ombati, had argued that the charges were defective and do not disclose any course of action to warrant his trial.