Gatundu South legislator Moses Kuria claims he was arrested ‘unnecessarily’ on September 11 over alleged hate speech.
“Hatemongers will not be arrested unless it starts with Kuria. I am being used to check if the bridge is firm or about to collapse so that another person can be arrested,” Kuria said.
Kuria was arrested over words he uttered at Wangige to the effect that he would harm NASA leader Raila Odinga, while Muthama made statement hinting he would physically harm President Uhuru Kenyatta. The two were released on Sh300,000 bond each.
Kuria however claimed he met the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) chairman Francis ole Kaparo a week earlier and Kaparo purportedly assured him his was not hate speech.
“I met Kaparo and he confirmed it is not hate speech. Muthama uttered inflammatory statement and it was enough to arrest him without necessarily dragging me into it.
There is no need arresting innocent people to be able to arrest the guilty ones”. He said.
Kuria added: “I have children and they read the social media posts and comments and see those things about me and they too are not happy. This is not fair and I will not become their sacrificial lamb”.
Last year in June, Kuria, Muthama, Junet Mohamed, Timothy Bosire, Kimani Ngunjiri, Ferdinand Waititu, and woman representatives Aisha Jumwa and Florence Mutua spent four days in police cells over hate remarks.