I have noth­ing per­sonal against Luo com­mu­nity, says MP Kuria

He says he has friends from the com­mu­nity. ‘Od­hi­am­bos does not nec­es­sar­ily mean one is Luo. If you ask me about Kuria, I would tell you it’s the Kuria peo­ple of Nyanza’

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Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria yes­ter­day told the court he has no ill feel­ings against the Luo com­mu­nity.

Kuria pleaded in­no­cent to three charges of in­cite­ment to vi­o­lence, hate speech and fanning eth­nic ha­tred in May 2014.

In a Face­book post­ing, Kuria al­legedly said that the ter­ror attack in Gikomba mar­ket that left 15 peo­ple dead and many injured was or­ches­trated by “Od­hi­am­bos” and not the “So­ma­lis”.

He said it might have been a fake ac­count.

He told trial mag­is­trate Teresa Nyan­gene there is no com­mu­nity in this coun­try known as Od­hi­am­bos.

“I was an­gry about the attack like I was an­gry yes­ter­day on the Man­dera attack. But my anger was not vis­i­ble to any­one, ex­cept my wife,” Kuria said.

He said he has many friends from the Luo com­mu­nity whom he re­spects.

“Evans Od­hi­ambo Kidero is my good friend from the Luo com­mu­nity. I have an­other friend called Patrick Od­hi­ambo Kokonya who comes from Bu­sia county,” Kuria said.

“Od­hi­am­bos does not nec­es­sar­ily mean some­one is Luo, just like if you ask me about Kuria, I would tell you it’s the Kuria peo­ple of Nyanza.”

He said it would be er­ro­neous to find him cul­pa­ble, more so be­cause the Na­tional Co­he­sion and In­te­gra­tion Com­mis­sion that took him to court has never asked him to record a state­ment.

Kuria said he is not aware of any in­ci­dent or so­cial dis­tur­bance that might have been trig­gered fol­low­ing the post­ing.

He said the pros­e­cu­tion has not proved if the post came from his gen­uine Face­book ac­count or from the many fake ac­counts with sim­i­lar names. T

he court will de­liver its judg­ment on De­cem­ber 9.

/PHILIP KAMAKYA

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria at the Mil­i­mani law courts last year

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