By Isaiah Lucheli

Embakasi MP Ferdinand Waititu will spend the night in police cells pending a ruling on his bail application after he was charged with hate speech and incitement in a Nairobi court.

Waititu was charged on Thursday with incitement to violence and hate speech in connection to utterances he made against the Maasai community in Nairobi’s Kayole Estate.

Waititu who is the Water Assistant Minister denied the charges.

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The Director of Public Prosecution applied for the MP to be detained in police custody for 48 hours to facilitate completion of investigations which include Waititu recording a statement and having his fingerprints taken.

The magistrate, Paul Biwott directed the MP to be remanded at Kileleshwa police station until Friday 9am when a ruling on his bond application will be delivered.

The MP had on Wednesday moved to court to stop his arrest and detention for incitement after filing an anticipatory bail in court, but the High Court declined his request.