Mutahi Ngunyi arraigned in court over controversial Twitter posts

Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi was Monday arraigned at the Milimani Courts over controversial Twitter posts made last month.

In the case presided over by Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo, Ngunyi was charged with four counts of ethnic contempt.

Ngunyi denied the charges and was freed on a Ksh200,000 cash bail or a bond of Ksh500,000.

The case will be heard on October 26, 2015.

Ngunyi had been summoned by the court last week following an application filed by the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko.

The posts sparked fury within the Luo community with LSK CEO Apollo Mboya calling for his prosecution.

In a letter to the National Cohesion and Reconciliation Commission (NCIC), Mboya stated that Ngunyi’s posts on social media are intended on inciting the public against a certain community.

Meanwhile the High Court will rule on Tuesday whether Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama will also face charges of incitement to violence and disobedience of the law.

Muthama who has been summoned to appear in court on Thursday is also seeking to block his prosecution arguing that the charges are contrary to the Constitution.