Court dismisses hate speech charges against MP Mboko

By Lola Nanjala

A Mombasa court has dismissed hate speech case against Mombasa County Women Representative Mishi Mboko.

Mboko had been charged with incitement to violence and spreading ethnic hatred.

Mombasa Chief Magistrate Julius Nang’ea made a ruling that the state had not proved its case against the outspoken legislator.

The prosecution had alleged that Mboko used words intended to incite the feelings of contempt and ethnic hatred and cause a breach of peace and disobedience of the law.

Her lawyer, Senior Counsel James Orengo had submitted that the charge sheet in the case was defective.

The Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko had ordered the arrest and prosecution of the legislator over remarks made on June 1, 2014 during the Madaraka day celebrations.