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Governor asks leaders to avoid inflammatory statements

23 June 2014, 14:31 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Vihiga Governor, Moses Akaranga has asked Jubilee and CORD politicians to guard against inflammatory statements that jeopardize the country's security.

Akaranga said it was sad that leaders from both coalitions were intolerant and resort to making statements that amount to hate speech.

He asked President Uhuru Kenyatta and CORD leader Raila Odinga to tame their foot soldiers for the sake of unity of the county.

"The country is in a crisis following a series of terrorist attacks that have left many Kenyans dead. This is the time leaders should unite and find a lasting solution and not engage in public outbursts that threaten unity and peace of the State," said Akaranga.

The Governor in a statement to the Press said that leaders who perpetuate hate speech should face the law irrespective of their positions in the society.

"Security personnel should be on the lookout and deal firmly with those using public rallies or any other forum to incite and divide Kenyans," said the Governor.

He added that Kenyans were living in fear due to the continued attacks spread all over the country and they were looking upon leaders to save them.

Akaranga noted that it was unfortunate that the leaders Kenyans were relying on to resolve the security issue were making the situation worse.

Director of Public Prosecutions, Keriaki Tobiko has already ordered the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to summon nine lawmakers among them CORD's Senators James Orengo and Johnstone Muthama, and Jubilee's Maina Kamanda and Mary Wambui over hate speech.

The governor pointed out that politicians should not be allowed to mess the country that had adverse effects after the 2008 post-election violence.

He further urged counties to step up security activities to make sure that Kenyans are safe at the grassroots level, saying that they are ready to work with national security to ensure safety of all citizens.

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