Kabogo re­marks were meant to in­cite, UoN lin­guis­tics ex­pert tells city court

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Judiciary -

A video clip in which Ki­ambu Gov­er­nor Wil­liam Kabogo was cap­tured al­legedly at­tack­ing Cord leader Raila Odinga last Oc­to­ber was played in court yes­ter­day.

The three-minute footage was played af­ter city mag­is­trate Martha Mu­tuku al­lowed Dr Isa­iah Ndung’u, a lin­guis­tics ex­pert from the Uni­ver­sity of Nairobi, to pro­duce it as ev­i­dence.

Kabogo is seen ad­dress­ing a crowd in Thika Sta­dium in Kikuyu and Kiswahili. Ndung’u said he was re­quested by the Na­tional Co­he­sion and In­te­gra­tion Com­mis­sion to trans­late the gov­er­nor’s speech and af­ter do­ing so, he deemed it in­cit­ing.

“The words were di­rected to the me­dia to go and in­form an­other per­son,” he said. Ndung’u was, how­ever, asked to ex­plain the lack of sync in his trans­la­tion of a speech that even­tu­ally caused Kabogo to be charged.

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