MPs want Wetang’ula prosecuted over circulation of hate leaflets
02 December 2015, 09:49
Nairobi – Jubilee and CORD coalition MPs have condemned offensive leaflets dispatched in Bungoma and Trans-Nzioa counties warning a certain community to leave the area if Bungoma Senator, Moses Wetang’ula’s name is removed from the voters’ register by the electoral body.
Kitutu Chache MP, Richard Onyonka (ODM) and his Mukurweini constituency counterpart Kabando wa Kabando (TNA) asked relevant investigative authorities to immediately launch investigations against Wetang’ula for circulation of the inciting leaflets.
“Such incitement threats by politicians and their supporters demanding a particular community to leave Bungoma and Trans-Nzoia counties if Wetang’ula’s name is removed from voters’ list encourages people to fight as it was in 2007/8 post-election violence,” warned Onyonka.
“We ask the government to pursue this matter promptly and prosecute responsible persons,” he added.
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Kabando stated that Wetang’ula’s case is a national issue being handled in court and the IEBC, hence the Senator’s supporters should desist from being misused by politicians defending their own selfish interests.
“The move to issue threats and cause tension is meant to cause confusion to blackmail investigative authorities and the government from pursuing the matter. This is against the constitutional leadership and integrity provisions, and that is itself an act of corruption,” said Kabando.
“The Director of Public Prosecutions, the CID and relevant investigative agencies should move with speed to prosecute responsible politicians and supporters,” he added.
He added that the incitement to ethnic violence in Bungoma and Trans-Nzoia counties is an indicator of the red flag raised by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga ahead of the 2017 polls.
Kabando asked politicians to be cautious of their utterances to avoid the repeat of the 2007/08 post-election violence.
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