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Moses Kuria, Ferdinand Waititu acquitted of hate speech charges

A Magistrate court has acquitted MPs Moses Kuria and Ferdinand Waititu over incitement to violence charges.

The MPs were among Jubilee and Cord politicians arrested and detained last year over alleged hate speech and incitement to violence.

Senior Principal Magistrate Charity Alouch on Monday ruled that video evidence produced by the prosecution incriminating the two Jubilee legislators is not authentic to warrant their conviction.

The Magistrate also ruled that public resources should not be misused and that the court is not satisfied that the utterances said to have been made by the lawmakers could result to incitement to violence.

She has also pointed out that the original video or material used to record it was not availed in court as well as its transcript.

Five witnesses had already testified in the case against the two.

Mr Kuria is the MP for Gatundu South while Waititu is the Kabete constituency legislator.

The prosecution had said Mr Kuria on June 13 made remarks alluding to the physical injury and death of Raila Odinga at Kasarani Gymnasium.

Mr Waititu, the prosecutor said, also alluded that it was desirable to kill the Cord leader.

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