Eight legislators facing hate speech charges detained

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By Margaret Kalekye

Eight lawmakers arrested Tuesday over allegations of hate speech and incitement to violence will now spend four days in police cells.

The high court Tuesday ordered the seven MPs and a senator both from CORD and Jubilee be held at Muthaiga, Gigiri and Pangani police stations.

Jubilee MPs Moses Kuria, Ferdinand Waititu and Kimani Ngunjiri alongside CORD’s Junet Mohammed, Timothy Bosire, Florence Mutua and Aisha Jumwa were detained without the option of bail or bond to allow police to complete investigations.

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Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama was also detained. They politicians were arraigned in court on Tuesday afternoon to answer to charges of hate speech.

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The eight were on Monday directed by Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet  to present themselves at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to record statements over hate speech.

The case will be mentioned on June 17, 2016.

The latest development came as The Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro warned those propagating hate speech that they will face full force of the law.

Speaking at a joint press briefing with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission- NCIC, Muhoro said the law will not favor anyone regardless of status in society.

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Muhoro’s remarks come as leaders from across the political divide piled pressure on police to act tough on hate mongers who want to tear Kenyans apart.

Elsewhere, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission chairman Francis ole Kaparo has warned politicians and the public against engaging in hate speech.

Kaparo affirmed that anyone who will engage in spreading hate messages will face the law. NCIC chair also said already action has been taken against those who perpetrate hate speech.

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However, Kaparo said unlike in the past when one would say anything without caring about the repercussions, NCIC has now been empowered to deal with such don’t care politicians fond of inciting Kenyans along tribal and political affiliations.

He appealed to the media to help by giving blackout to politicians fond of uttering insightful remarks.

NCIC boss also urged journalists to help by editing hate speech contents from some politicians and be releasing messages that were for peace and reconciliations.

 

 

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