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Muthama charged afresh as court battles continue

Former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama was on Friday charged afresh with hate speech and incitement to violence after reinstatement of a case terminated by a High Court.

Mr Muthama was charged before a senior principal magistrate Ms Martha Mutuku at the Milimani Law Courts Nairobi.

The case  was resurrected by Lady Justice Grace Ngenye Macharia after a successful appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions DPP Keriako Tobiko.

Mr Tobiko had challenged the release of the politician by a former chief magistrate Mr Daniel Ogembo who has since been promoted to a Judge of the High Court..

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Muthama was accused of making hate speech remarks at a press conference on June 13,2016 at Capitol Hill in Nairobi county.

The prosecution alleges that he uttered words to the effect that would create chaos and forcibly storm the IG’s office if “certain people” were not arrested.

On July 28,2016 the then Milimani chief magistrate Daniel Ogembo, terminated the charges against the former Senator saying that the case is an abuse of the court process.

Mr Muthama was released after executing a personal bond of Sh500,000.

The case will be mentioned in a fortnight for further directions.