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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,29TH JUNE,2020-Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina was on Monday charged with ethnic contempt.
This after chief magistrate Martha Mutuku ruled that his application to stop his prosecution lacked merit and was dismissed.
Ledama had argued that the charge against him was defective and the prosecution was discriminatory in pressing the charges.
He denied the charges and has been released on Sh200,000 bond or a cash bail of 100,000.
He has been warned not to comment about the case on any platform.
The case will be mentioned on July 30.
The court had deferred plea taking after defence lawyers led by George Wajackoyah informed the court that the charge against Ledama was defective.
The lawyer applied to be given more time to file a formal application opposing the taking of plea in the alleged defective charge against their client.
It will be remembered that, On May 19, Senior principal magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot issued summons against Ole Kina to appear in court to answer charges of ethnic contempt on comments he made in February 19, 2020 during a live TV show.
The senator is accused of uttering words that were intended to incite feelings of discrimination against non-Maasai communities living in Narok county.
The charge against the senator states that “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…”
According to the prosecution, the charges against Ole Kina are contrary to the National Cohesion and Integration Act No 12 of 2008.