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Muthama, fighting new hate speech charges, hosts CORD leaders today

CORD Co-Principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula will lead their supporters to a political rally in Machakos tomorrow where they are expected to show solidarity with Senator Johnstone Muthama, who is under renewed investigation for hate speech.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSaturday, 02 Jul 2016 21:21 EAT

CORD Co-Principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula will lead their supporters to a political rally in Machakos tomorrow where they are expected to show solidarity with Senator Johnstone Muthama, who is under renewed investigation for hate speech.

Less than a month after he was detained for four days – along with seven other MPs from the CORD and Jubilee coalitions – Senator Muthama is under new investigation by the Director of Public Prosecutions for alleged incendiary remarks he made at a rally in Busia last week.

CORD, which has dismissed the hate speech charges on its leaders, is staging a series of countrywide rallies in the backyards of each of the MPs who were arrested in a major police operation against political leaders last month. The rallies have been held in Nyamira, the home of Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire, Kilifi and Busia. At the Busia rally, which was hosted by local women representative Florence Mutua, Senator Muthama is alleged to have uttered incendiary words, according to records of police officers handling the new investigation.

Last month, Muthama, Bosire and Mutua were arrested together with Junet Mohammed (Suna East) and women representatives Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi) from the CORD coalition as well as Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete) MP Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati) and Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) from Jubilee.

Thaddeus Mutisya, a key organizer of the events to be held at the Mulu Mutisya Gardens told the Kenya Free Press: "We are planning to have a convoy of at least 50 cars led by boda boda riders in escorting our Leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula from Makutano Junction on Mombasa Road.” 

Mutisya, who is the Communications and Liaison Officer in the office of Senator Muthama, said the Peace Caravan will be led by the senator himself. The rally is being mobilized through social media under the slogan #TukutaneMacha and#PeaceRally.

So far similar prayer rallies have been held in Kilifi, Kitutu Masaba and Busia.

CORD says the prayer meetings are meant to address suppression of freedom of expression following the arrest of its eight MPs over alleged hate speech. 

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