August 17, 2018

MPs to be investigated over hate speech remarks

 

The Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinet has ordered five Members of Parliament to be probed after they were captured on video giving hate speech remarks. The five MPs are supposed to report to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations [DCI] headquarters Nairobi, Kiambu Road for questioning.

The MPs include; Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu, Bahati MP Kimani Ngujiri, Kilifi Women Representative Ms. Aisha Jumwa and the Suna East MP Junet Mohammed.

kenya-hate-speech4351-620x354Moses Kuria was recorded calling for the assassination of former Prime Minister and CORD leader Raila Odinga. Waititu allegedly called for the circumcision of Luos in Nairobi while the Bahati leader Ngujiri was captured on footage inciting a group of young men to force members of a certain community out of Nakuru Town.

The IG reiterated that they have he specific footages and are up and ready to start thorough investigations over the MPs.

‘‘It is wrong and that is why we have launched the probe to get to the bottom of it. We have the video which we are reviewing for action. We will not spare anyone because the law is very clear,’’ stated the IG.

The Inspector General further warned other leaders in the country over making reckless remarks that can plunge the country into chaos like what Kenya went through during the post-election violence in 2007/2008.

Opposition Luminaries had earlier demanded for the immediate arrest of Bahati MP Kimani Ngujiri. Led by Ugunja’s Opiyo Wandayi and Embakasi South MP Irshadali Sumra, the CORD MPs were aggravated by Kimani’s remarks and urged the police to immediately arrest and charge him. The MPs were speaking at a CORD rally in Nakuru.

Almost seven years after 1300 Kenyans were killed and more than half a million displaced in the wake of a presidential election, one of the triggers of that violence, the inflammatory language of politicians, remains a serious threat to peace and stability as the country gears up for the 2017general elections.

 

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