Nobody has been asked for an ID to access Kibera, CS Nkaissery

Nobody has been asked for an ID to access Kibera, CS Nkaissery

Interior Cabinet Secretary Major Gen. (Rtd.) Joseph Nkaissery has denied reports of ethnic profiling in the country as political temperatures in the country continue to rise with over a year to the next General Election.

Speaking in Brussels, Belgium where he has accompanied the President for a European Union meeting, Nkaissery said that reports of individuals being asked to produce identification cards in Nairobi’s Kibera area, parts on Rift Valley, Nyanza and Western were untrue.

Reports making rounds on social media had indicated that members of various communities were being barred from accessing some areas because of their political affiliations.

“Nobody has been asked to produce their identification cards in order to access their homes or any place. That is your (referring to the media) own creation,” said the Interior CS.

The seemingly furious Nkaissery called on the media and social media users to avoid broadcasting content that may fuel violence or divisions among Kenyans.

“The way the TVs, Radios and the Social Media are portraying these things is not helping much. I request you kindly, let us take our country forward together and preach the unity of our nation instead of divisiveness.”

He noted that the government will not tolerate any cases of hate speech or incitement to violence adding that anybody contravening the law by inciting a community or found culpable of ethnic contempt will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

“All the leaders who were accused of hate speech have so far been arrested and will be arraigned in court on Friday. We have gathered enough evidence and I ask the Judiciary to act with the interest of national security at heart,” added Nkaissery.

On Tuesday, a Nairobi Court remanded MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), Junet Mohamed (Suna East), Johnstone Muthama (Machakos Senator), Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi Women representative), Florence Mutua (Busia Women Representative), Timoty Bosire (Kitutu Masaba) and University of Nairobi student leader Babu Owino until Friday to allow police conclude investigations into cases of alleged hate speech and incitement to violence.

Nkaissery further warned that police will not tolerate cases of violent protests in the country adding that such incidences contravene the provisions of the Constitution of Kenya 2010.

“The Constitution allows Kenyans to demonstrate peacefully and unarmed. But in our case, the CORD demonstrations have been characterized by violence, looting and destruction to property,” noted Nkaissery.

“The law enforcement agencies and the police are there to protect the citizens and their property.”

He noted that in cases where lives were lost during the demonstrations such as in Kondele, Kisumu, the protesters provoked the police by attacking them.

“The Kondele Police Station was attacked by the demonstrators and at least 1,000 stones were pelted at the officers and the station,” he added.

He said that his office will not allow demonstrators to destabilize the country for no apparent reason.

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