Concern over selective prosecution of hate mongers

Cherang'any parliamentary hopeful. Photo/Courtesy

Government investigative agencies have been called upon to exercise impartiality in discharge of their mandate when handling cases of hate speech involving politicians.

Youth leaders from Cherang’any constituency have expressed disappointment in the agencies for allegedly being used to further a certain political narrative aimed at intimidating certain politicians.

“We support the war against hate mongering but the exercise should be conducted in accordance with the law and not selectively as is the case,” said parliamentary hopeful Vitalis Wamalwa.

Mr. Kisongochi said the hurried arrest of leaders allied to deputy president William Ruto and the sluggish handling of similar cases involving leaders in an opposing camp is suspect.

“Let the arrests be conducted in the same measure to achieve the intended goal of building cohesion in the country in the run up to the 2022 general elections,” he spoke in Kitale.

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He noted: “Politicians behaving badly through reckless utterances is a sickness that seems not to go away in Kenya; it started way back at independence, when a place of ideologies was denigrated.”

Mr. Wamalwa advocated for new and decent ways of political engagement devoid of brinkmanship to ensure the country achieves its great goals of peace and economic stability.

Separately, former inspector General David Kimaiyo called on the police to avoid arresting hate mongers immediately arguing that most of them are provoking arrests to seek political popularity in the next elections.

“As long as they have not committed a felony, the arrest can be made later when the political temperatures have capsized to avoid giving unnecessary political mileage to the said leaders who might be unpopular,” said Kimaiyo.