Mishi denies hate speech charges

Mombasa County Women Representative Mishi Mboko (file)

By KBC Reporter

Mombasa County Women Representative Mishi Mboko was Monday charged before the Mombasa law court with incitement and ethnic hatred.

Mboko denied the charges before senior principal magistrate Maxwell Gacheru and was released on a 400,000 shillings bond with a surety of similar amount.

It’s alleged that on June 1st, 2014 at Mombasa County Stadium the Mombasa women representative Mishi Mboko uttered words which amounts to incitement and can cause a breach of the peace and disobedience of the law.

She faces a second count of incitement of ethnic hatred contrary to section 62 of the national cohesion and integration.

The charge sheet read that the accused uttered words intended to incite feeling of concept and ethnic hatred.

The defense lawyers led by Senator James Orengo and lawyer Gerrad Magolo informed the court that Mishi had filed her statement on June 27 with DCIO office in Mombasa, as directed by the court.

Senator Orengo objected the dvd evidence intended to be used in court by the prosecution, and requested the court use the entire speech uttered by Mishi during the Madaraka day celebrations to determine if it amounted to hate speech.

And after denying the charges before principal magistrate Maxwell Gacheru, Mishi was released on a bond of 400,000 shillings with a surety of similar amount or alternatively a cash bail of 200,000 shillings.

Gacheru directed that prosecution provide the defense with all documented evidence and clips they intend to use in the case.

The case will be mentioned on August 4 before its hearing  on 21 and 22 of October.