President Uhuru Kenyatta told to act urgently over Mombasa senator
01 December 2014, 20:54
Mombasa - COAST leaders have urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to act urgently over Mombasa senator Hassan Omar death threats.
Mombasa governor Hassan Joho wondered why the government is doing little to protect the senator who has publicly reported death threats against him by people very well known.
Senator Omar last week said that two bloggers Mugo Wa Wairimu and Willy Omosa, through a series of hate posts, have advocated for his assassination.
“We have only heard some people saying that those behind the issue should be prosecuted but we want the government to provide enough security,” said Joho.
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He was addressing mourners at the burial ceremony for Tereza Kadzo, mother to Senator Agnes Zani at Golini area in Kwale County on Saturday.
Director of Public prosecution Keriako Tobiko has directed Inspector General David Kimaiyo to investigate two bloggers over alleged death the threats to senator Oma.
Joho said there is nothing being done so far to suggest the government is willing to protect the senator because the two have not been arrested.
He said that even after senators called for adequate security for senator Omar there is none a move he termed as deliberate by the government.
“We want enough security to be given to him if that does not happen anything happening to him we will know the government is behind it,” he noted.
He wondered why at this era a leader is threatened and the government which is responsible for his protection goes mum.
Nyali MP Awiti Bolo said that president Uhuru Kenyatta should have given a directive on the issue.
“We are sure if such threats came from our side the two would have been arrested already. Recently some of us uttered only words and now they are facing hates speech charges in court why is the government not arresting people threatening leaders? Uhuru should know the country belong to everyone,” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by Mombasa women representative Mishi Mboko who said that the president should ensure justice prevails by arresting the two bloggers.
“I commented on something which was the naked truth and I was taken to court. Our senators when they say anything they are taken to court for hate speech but those threatening our leaders are left to walk free,” she claimed.
Mishi said that senator Omar does not belong to any gang but he is a human right defender.
Senator Agnes Zani said it is not good to see leaders being threatened while calling for urgent action to be taken against those behind the issue.
Leaders present included former PM Raila Odinga, governor Salim Mvurya, Hassan Joho, MPs Ababu Namwamba,Zainab Chidzuga,Awiti Bolo,Khatib Mwashetani, Kamoti Mwamkale,Mishi Mboko Hassan and senators Janet Ongera,Omar and Emma Mbura among others.
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