Kandara MP Alice Wahome responded to summons from the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) over allegations of hate speech.
A letter to committee secretary Skitter W. Mbugu on Wednesday, January 13, appeared to lay the groundwork for a back-and-forth.
The document drafted by Wahome fixed the conditions under which it would honor the convocation due for Thursday, January 14.
Alice Wahome, MP for Kandara, in her office.
“To enable me to prepare a substantive response and a reasonable defense, please let me know which part of my statement you find offensive in view of the freedom of expression set out in the Constitution of Kenya Bill of Rights, 2010.”
“Please note that I am therefore not able to attend the convocation of January 14, 2021 as requested unless and until I receive the requested information,” she asked.
Wahome was summoned for comments she allegedly made in October 2020 after violence broke out during Vice President William Ruto’s visit to Kenol, Murang’a.
The incident, which happened before Ruto arrived at AIPCA church in Kenya, left two dead and several injured.
Wahome reportedly launched a scathing attack on President Uhuru Kenyatta and called for his resignation.
The commission said Wahome’s comments were hateful in nature and likely to disrupt peaceful existence between ethnic communities.
Failure of the legislator to appear in person at their offices, the commission noted, would result in a contempt prosecution.
After the violent confrontation, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai ordered the immediate arrest of the politician alongside Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro.
The fight in Murang’a started when a group of Rowdy youngsters blocked the highway in Kenol, and began to engage rivals perceived as “political” in battles.
Several vehicles were damaged as the main road leading to Nyeri remained impassable for several hours.
Kenyan residents fight fires started by rowdy youths on Sunday, October 4, 2020.