CID boss warns those propagating hate speech

By KBC Reporters

The Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhuro has warned that propagating hate speech that the law apparatus will crack hard on them.

Speaking at a joint press briefing with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission- NCIC, Muhoro said the law will not favor anyone regardless of status in society.

Muhoro’s remarks come as leaders from across the political divide piled pressure on police to act tough on hate mongers who want to tear Kenyans apart.

Police on Tuesday morning arrested Suna East MP Junet Mohamed outside Nation Centre in Nairobi moments after leaving a live interview with NTV.

Mohamed was surrounded by Flying Squad police officers who had been waiting for him outside the building since 7.30am.

There was a brief scuffle during the arrest as police wanted to take the MP to the CID headquarters on Kiambu Road in their own vehicle.

But Siaya Senator James Orengo, who is acting as Junet’s lawyer, insisted on taking his client for questioning.

Police went to the MP’s house on Monday evening but he was not around, prompting a search for him. Junet is among six politicians asked to appear at the CID headquarters to record statements over inciting remarks.

Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama was not spared either. Muthama, also wanted for incitement was also picked by police and escorted to the DCI Headquarters to record a statement.

He was in the company of the CORD co-principals.

Police say they are also investigating claims of hate speech against Moses Kuria, Ferdinand Waititu, Kimani Ngunjiri and Aisha Jumwa.

Waititu and Kuria recorded statements at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations on Monday.

Meanwhile, three Cord MPs  were also grilled a over allegations of hate speech and incitement.

CORD leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka are at CID headquarters in a show of solidarity with the CORD MP’s.

The three legislators presented themselves at the DCI offices.

Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama had to surrender after offices from the flying squad Monday evening laid a siege at his residence in Runda.

On his part, Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire said the officers went to his Karen home and asked him to accompany them to Directorate of Criminal Investigations for grilling over the accusations.

The legislators had earlier said they were ready to report to the DCI as directed but argued that they had not received summons formally.

Other MPs who have already recorded their statements with police over hate speech claims include Timothy Bosire , Moses Kuria  and  Ferdinand Waititu.

Police are also investigating claims of hate speech against Moses Kuria, Ferdinand Waititu, Kimani Ngunjiri and Aisha Jumwa.

Waititu and Kuria appeared before the DCI Monday night where they were grilled for hours before being released.

Elsewhere, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission chairman Francis ole Kaparo has warned politicians and the public against engaging in hate speech.

Speaking in a press briefing at NCIC offices Tuesday, Kaparo affirmed that anyone who will engage in spreading hate messages will face the law.

NCIC chair also said already action has been taken against those who perpetrate hate speech. Same sentiments were echoed by Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss Ndegwa Muhoro,who confirmed that 6 people will be arraigned in court later today (Tuesday).

However, Kaparo said unlike in the past when one would say anything without caring about the repercussions, NCIC has now been empowered to deal with such don’t care politicians fond of inciting Kenyans along tribal and political affiliations.

He appealed to the media to help by giving blackout to politicians fond of uttering insightful remarks.

NCIC boss also urged journalists to help by editing hate speech contents from some politicians and be releasing messages that were for peace and reconciliations.