On Monday 29th, Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina was charged with ethnic contempt.
Ledama was charged after chief magistrate Martha Mutuku ruled that his application to stop his prosecution did not have merit therefore dismissed.
In his application, the Senator argued that the charges against him were defective and the prosecution was discriminatory in pressing charges against him.
Ledama denied the charges and was released on an Sh200,000 bond or a cash bail of Sh 100,000.
In her ruling, the chief magistrate warned the Senator against commenting about the case on any platform.
The case before the Court will be mentioned on July 30.
The court deferred plea taking after the defense lawyers led by George Wajackoyah told the court that the charge against the Senator was defective.
The Senator’s lawyer applied to be issued with more time to file a formal application that opposes the taking of plea in the alleged defective charge against Ledama.
Back on May 19, Senior principal magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot issued summons against Narok Senator to appear before the court to answer charges against him – ethnic contempt on the comment he made early this year during a live TV show.
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Ole Kina Ledama is accused of uttering words that were intended to incite feelings of discrimination against the communities who are not Maasais living in Narok county.
The charge against the Senator states that “On February 19, 2020, during an interview on Jeff Koinange Live TV show, in Nairobi within Nairobi county, uttered words to the effect that Maasai issues will be articulates by Maasais! Not Manje…”
According to the prosecution, the charges against the senator are opposite of the National Cohesion and Integration Act No 12 of 2008.