CORD cautions DPP against govt's interference
25 June 2014, 10:20
Nairobi – The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has warned the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keriako Tobiko against allowing the government to misuse his office to silence the opposition through summons over alleged incitement and hate speech.
The more than 10 CORD leaders, led by the Senate’s Minority Leader Moses Wetang’ula, said the DPP’s move to order opposition leaders to record statements with the police over incitement in recent rallies is the Jubilee government’s tactic to silence the opposition.
“Questions being asked by police over the alleged incitement and hate speech remarks are ridiculous and laughable. This is a calculated and profiling of CORD leaders by the government through the DPP’s summons,” said Wetang’ula.
“What the Jubilee government is doing was done by the previous regimes but failed and this will not succeed. The DPP should assure Kenyans that his office will not be used by the government to limit them from the freedom of speech as provided in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights,” he added.
Wetang’ula said the DPP’s directive that some Jubilee MPs write statements with police over incitement after summoning CORD leaders was calculated and mainly targeting the opposition legislators.
“What Kamanda and other Jubilee MPs spoke at Muthurwa Market following the Mpeketoni attack was total incitement of their community against others but we didn’t hear anyone summoned until the summoning of CORD leaders. In fact, Kamanda should have been arraigned in court for threatening my life over Mpeketoni attacks,” said Wetang’ula.
Wetang’ula, who is also the Bungoma County Senator, noted that following the Mpeketoni terror attack that left over 60 people dead and thousands displaced, President Uhuru Kenyatta almost declared a state of emergency but resorted to political blame game.
“The government blamed CORD for Mpeketoni massacre but why is it silent on the ongoing Wajir, Baringo and Witu in Lamu killings? During the 2013 Bungoma killings, it took the Deputy President four months to tour the region and we don’t see Inspector of Police or the Security Cabinet Secretary planning to tour the warring Wijir communities,” said Wetang’ula.
He said the government should be ready to serve every citizen regardless of tribe or else the opposition will not stop criticising it whenever it goes wrong.
“No one will come from heaven to solve our problems. The government should respect every citizen speaking their mind out as provided in the constitution. Problems facing our country cannot be solved by being quiet and that is why we are speaking to the public and will not be silenced,” stated the Bungoma Senator.
Other CORD leaders present at the press conference included; Siaya Senator James Orengo and his Homabay counterpart Otieno Kajwang, and Suna East MP Junet Mohammed who had all written statements with police over alleged incitement remarks among other leaders.
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