The distribution of hate flyers in some areas of Uasin Gishu county is alleged to have involved nine students from Moi University.
At the Eldoret Court, when they appeared before Principal Magistrate Onkoba Mogire, they all refuted the accusations.
On August 22, the case will be brought up.
They were given a Sh1 million bond or a Sh500,000 cash bail.
Ronald Odhiambo, Martin Rodgers, Josphat Chacha, Brian Kipkorir, Denis Wakhanya, Beatrice Wanhari, Samwel Juma, and Ann Aoko were among the suspects.
Given the gravity of the offense, State Attorney Anthony Fedha had pleaded with the court to impose harsh bond conditions on the accused.
“We are not opposed to bond terms for the suspects,” he said.
All the students had also pleaded with the court to give them favourable bond terms because they are students from poor backgrounds.
In the first count, the students were charged with the publication of false information contrary to section 23 of the computer misuse and cybercrime Act.
“On 29th July 2022 at Moi University in Kesses sub county jointly with others not before the court, by means of a licensed computer system namely mobile device knowingly published information that is false,” the charge sheet read.
According to the prosecution, the comments were intended to incite panic, mayhem, and violence among Kenyans.
On the same day, they were charged with posting fraudulent material again.
The students were kept in custody until the money was paid even though they had no legal representation.