, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 3 – A section of women leaders affiliated to the Orange Democratic Movement on Tuesday lashed out at Kiambu Governor William Kabogo over his recent remarks, saying they were meant to incite people.
The women leaders led by Nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro say Kabogo’s utterances were an attack on communities that don’t undertake some cultural practices.
“He must stop making inflammatory remarks about him (Raila Odinga) or else we shall cause him to spend the billions of shillings he claims to have to buy his freedom,” she warned.
Ongoro says police should ensure Kabogo is brought to book, as a way to fight the increasing cases of hate speech.
“An attack on Odinga and his privacy was stooping too low. His utterances were proof enough that he has too little substance between his ears,” Ongoro retorted.
“In fact, his popularity in Kiambu County has diminished at an alarming rate because of his inability to govern and a lack of leadership skills. Leadership is not about flamboyance and show-off as Kabogo is trying to do, it is about serving people with humility and counting successes.”
Ongoro alleges that the government has been selective in applying the law against hate speech saying the war is currently based on political affiliation.
To them, the police are handling the matter in a casual manner.
“The law must not be applied selectively and with vengeance, everyone violating the law must be treated equally. Selective application of law to lawbreakers based on their political affiliation is unacceptable,” they demanded.
“By saying that he can do anything under the sun and spend his money in the corridors of justice to get off the hook is demeaning the Judiciary and telling how the rich can buy off justice and be set free by our courts.”
The leaders want President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and tame all those spewing hatred against communities.
On Monday, the Director of Public Prosecutions has ordered the Inspector-General of Police and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to investigate utterances by the Governor in a widely circulated video clip.
The video was shot a week ago during an event at the Thika Stadium.
In the video, Kabogo who spoke in Swahili and Kikuyu took jibes at CORD leader Raila Odinga and Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama.
Kabogo is the latest politician to come under the DPP’s radar as the nation grapples with rising cases of inciting remarks being made by politicians.
ODM Nairobi Branch chairman George Aladwa was last month arrested and charged with incitement to violence during a public function held in Nairobi on Mashujaa Day.
Other leaders who have run into trouble in the past for their utterances include Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, who is being investigated for allegedly directing youths in his constituency to kill anyone who threatens any National Youth Service projects.
Muthama is also facing charges of incitement to violence during a CORD Rally held at Uhuru Park.