MP Kuria, 2 Jubilee colleagues held in hate speech probe

June 13, 2016 6:41 pm
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The were being held at the CID headquarters after they heeded an order issued by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, who also wants three CORD legislators probed/FILE
The were being held at the CID headquarters after they heeded an order issued by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, who also wants three CORD legislators probed/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 13 – Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria and two of his Jubilee colleagues were on Monday evening recording statements at the CID headquarters over alleged hate speech.

They were being held at the CID headquarters after they heeded an order issued by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, who also wants three CORD legislators probed.

While Kuria and Waititu were summoned over remarks they made on Sunday night in Nairobi, Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri was to be questioned for allegedly inciting youths, to evict members of a certain community from Nakuru.

The others needed for questioning are CORD’s Kilifi Woman Representative Aisha Jumwa, Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba) and Junet Mohammed (Suna East) who addressed a press conference in Nairobi Monday afternoon, threatening to storm the IG’s office, if their three Jubilee colleagues were not arrested.

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission chairman Francis ole Kaparo who also launched a probe against the six MPs, said the commission will be proposing a multi-sectoral approach, involving police and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to fight the menace.

“The ongoing ethnic balkanization is dangerous for Kenya and is a recipe for disaster worse than the 2007 elections,” Kaparo warned.

“The commission has also received disturbing reports of hate leaflets allegedly circulated in Naivasha asking a certain community to leave Nakuru, Naivasha and Eldoret.”

He expressed the commission’s concerns over emerging cases of political zoning and intolerance as the country nears 2017 General election.

Inspector General of Police Boinnet has since warned that “we will not spare anyone because the law is very clear.”

The IG warned leaders against making inflammatory statements that can cause unnecessary tension in the country.

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