IG Boinnet summons 3 Jubilee, 4 CORD legislators over hatespeech

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The Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett has ordered three Jubilee and four CORD legislators to record statements at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over allegations of hate speech.

CORD’s Senator Johnson Muthama (Machakos), Suna East MP Junet Mohammed, Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire, Kilifi Woman Representative Aisha Juma; and Jubilee’s Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati) and Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete) were ordered to record their statements immediately over the allegations.

The orders came just hours after Kuria and Ngunjiri were summoned by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) over inflammatory remarks over the weekend.

Kuria is accused of labeling CORD leader Raila Odinga as a threat to the nation and allegedly calling for his assassination as a way of realizing peace in the country.

In an address delivered in vernacular, Kuria said: “No emenyerere, ona mbembe no arie, tutigutorio thinaine ni mundu umue. Na arie mbembe tumuthike jumatatu iria ingi, maikie mahiga wiki imwe na Kenya ithii na mbere . Okoruo ni haro me kwenda niyo me kuona. Mwire raila ona mbembe no arie na thii ihore na tuthii na no menda thayu moke tuarie tuikare wega IEBC yenda guthii ithii okoruo tii uguo mathii ma kiumaga.”

“…he (Raila) should be careful because he can still bite the bullet. We won’t be troubled by one person forever. He can as well bite the bullet and we bury him next Monday. His protesters will throw stones for just one week and life continues.”

NCIC chair Francis ole Kaparo has stated that he would crack down on political leaders who are spreading hate in the country, calling on the public to also be cautious about what they post on social media.

“We cannot clump down social media sites to tame the spread of hate; all we can do is to ask the public to be cautious about what they post online.”

In a press briefing on Monday, Aisha Juma, Junet and Bosire said they would marshal their supporters to fight back if they are attacked by Jubilee supporters.

The leaders condemned Saturday’s violence that broke out in Nakuru on Saturday during the visit by CORD leader Raila Odinga, accusing Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and a host of other Jubilee legislators of being behind the incident where Jubilee and CORD supporters clashed.

“Kenyans, and ODM supporters in particular, will not simply turn the other cheek. If this madness does not stop we leaders of ODM will be left with no option but to ask our supporters to be prepared and ready to defend themselves,” read the statement released by ODM, read by Bosire.

“Mr President we want you to ensure Moses Kuria, Kinuthia Mbugua, Maina Kamanda and Ferdinand Waititu are arrested and charged, otherwise we will take the law into our hands the way you have allowed your people to do.”

Moses Kuria has however stated that he would not honour the summons to appear before NCIC over his remarks saying the commission is being used as an attack dog by the opposition.


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Story By Benjamin Wafula
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