, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – Former Nairobi Mayor George Aladwa is under investigation for incitement to violence over remarks made at a rally in Kibera on Tuesday.
National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Chairman Francis ole Kaparo told Capital FM News that they are working “to analyse” his utterances in collaboration with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations whom the Director of Public Prosecutions tasked.
“My attention has been drawn to a video clip in which the above named person (Aladwa) is captured uttering the following words among others: ‘… 2017 imekaribia na sisi kama watu wa ODM tumebaki na risasi moja… this time round the outcome of the election ikiwa tumeshinda na watunyang’anye wacha kiumane… Raila ndio awe President lazima watu wakufe kiasi…” DPP Keriako Tobiko told the CID.
“This is therefore to direct you to cause the said person to be immediately interrogated and speedy investigations conducted into the offensive utterances and the resultant inquiry file forwarded to this office for appropriate action,” Tobiko directed the Director of Criminal Investigations in a letter labelled as urgent and copied to the Inspector General of Police and Kaparo.
Kaparo described Aladwa’s utterances as “unfortunate and reckless” given the influence Aladwa wields as a political figure. “He should know better.”
Aladwa sought to tone down the import of his utterances and is quoted as saying, “I didn’t say Kenyans will die if 2017 poll is rigged, I said watakufa na furaha if Raila Odinga wins.”
A video clip showing Aladwa make the inciteful remarks has drawn widespread condemnation including from fellow opposition leaders who say they were made in bad taste. Particularly, in light of the lives that were lost in the 2008 post-election violence.
Aladwa was weighing in on the hot button topic of the alleged ‘fixing’ of the International Criminal Court (ICC) crimes against humanity charges the Deputy President is facing.
“Raila did not take Ruto to the ICC,” he said, “Even God is tired of their (Jubilee MPs) prayers. He (Ruto) has lawyers. If he’s exonerated fine, if he’s locked up, that’s okay too,” Aladwa said.
The video which has gone viral has spawned the hashtag #ArrestAladwa.