May 18, 2022

Meru Senator Linturi arrested over alleged hate speech and incitement

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Meru Senator Mithika Linturi has been arrested following his Madoadoa utterances in Eldoret city yesterday Saturday.

The Senator was arrested by DCI Officers attached to the National Cohesion and Integrity Commission at Rupa at a hotel located within Eldoret.

The arrest comes the same day the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji ordered investigations into Linturi’s remarks.

 “Sisi tunataka kuwa kwa serikali inayokuja lakini nawaambia watu wa Uasin Gishu msicheze na Kenya na kile nawaomba ni kwamba madoadoa yale mliyonayo hapa muweze kuondoa. Hatuwezi kuwa tukisimama na William Ruto kule Mt Kenya na mko na wengine hapa hawasikii na hawawezi ungana naye…” Linturi said in Eldoret during a Tanga tanga rally.

It loosely translates to, “We want to be in the coming government but I want to tell you, people of Uasin Gishu, not to play with Kenya and I am asking you to remove the spots you have here. We cannot stand with William Ruto from Mt Kenya yet you have people here who don’t listen and cannot team up with him.”

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The DPP said that Linturi’s utterances could incite contempt, hatred, hostility, violence or discrimination ahead of the 2022 polls.

“Pursuant to Article 157 (4) of the Constitution, I hereby direct that you immediately institute comprehensive investigations into the said allegation and submit the resultant investigations file on or before 14th January 2022,” Haji said on Saturday in a statement.

Linturi apologized in a statement saying his ‘madoadoa” remarks should not be misinterpreted to incite or propagate hate speech.

“Today, while addressing the UDA rally at Eldoret, I expressed myself using words which in a certain context, have acquired sinister political overtones and come to be associated with incitement and hate speech,” the Senator said.

 

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