Nkaissery warns hate speech politicians of arrest
20 January 2016, 22:33
Nairobi - Interior and Coordination Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has warned inciting politicians that they will face arrest if they push the hate speech button.
Nkaissery says that many of the politicians are pitting Kenyans against each other in a bid to win elections due next year.
In a report on The Standard, Nkaissery says that the government will not stand and watch as Kenya risks conflict over such comments.
He says this will not be tolerated and stated that authorities will
enforce the law and urged all Kenyans to be law abiding citizens.
“The temperatures of 2017 have started to rise, so it is high-time
that we now deal with people by law, who are going to break the law
because we don’t want the country to go back to 2007-2008. We will deal
with individuals and so long as, I am the Minister for Security, I want
to be very clear on this; we will never allow a citizen to lose his life
because someone wants to be re-elected,” he is quoted as saying.
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In a further report on Capital News, the CS has summoned Governors Ahmed Abdullahi (Wajir) and Nathif
Jama (Garissa) to explain their comments in recent weeks.
He has also called for MPs Ibrahim Saney (Wajir North) and Adan Keynan
(Eldas) to appear before detectives to explain the recent inter-communal clashes in their areas.
“We have a problem between the Ajuran community and the Degodia and
we are not going to accept that, and I want the two honourable members
and the governors to come to my office so that we can resolve this
thing. We will not accept to lose of lives, just because someone wants
to be re-elected," he added.
A number of politicians have already faced arrest over hate comments. Last year, the likes of Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and CORD politician George Aladwa were arrested over hate comments.
Kuria allegedly asked youth to take up arms against opposition leaders while Aladwa was arrested for stating that there would be blood spilled come the 2017 elections if CORD leader Raila Odinga won the elections.
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