‘Ikamba’ artiste arrested, to face hate speech charge

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One of the artists behind the infamous Ikamba song is expected in court to face various hate speech charges.

John Gichiri Njau was bonded by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission ahead of today’s arraignment.

This followed his song that disparages a community.

Officials at the commission say they are ready to charge him as they hunt for his co-accused.

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NCIC chairperson Francis ole Kaparo last week said the matter was being investigated by the NCIC and the DCI.

Read: NCIC probes Ikamba song for insults against Kambas

The Kikuyu song was produced in reaction to the ban on charcoal trade in Kitui which was imposed by Governor Charity Ngilu to save trees.

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The ban has been in place since 2014 but was enforced after Ngilu assumed office.

This prompted reaction from locals who burned a lorry that was found transporting charcoal.

And in response, the artists produced a song depicting negatively locals of Kitui and Kamba at large.

Also read: Ikamba song strikes ugly note and breeds discord – Governors

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