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Mithika Linturi arrested over alleged incitement in Eldoret rally

Mithika Linturi arrested over alleged incitement in Eldoret rally

Mithika Linturi arrested over alleged incitement in Eldoret rally

Meru Senator Mithika Linturi has been arrested by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) detectives attached to the National Cohesion and Integration Commission over his remarks during a rally in Eldoret Saturday.

Linturi was arrested at Rupa at a hotel located within Eldoret.

This comes as the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji Saturday evening called on IG Hillary Mutyambai to investigate utterances allegedly made by Linturi during an address in the rally.

Haji in his statement copied to NCIC said that the alleged utterances made by Linturi could incite feelings of contempt hatred, hostility, violence or discrimination.

“Pursuant of Article 157 (4) of the Constitution, I hereby direct that you immediately institute comprehensive investigations into the said allegations…,” he said.

In addition, the DPP said that members of the public found culpable of hate speech and incitement will be prosecuted.

NCIC is to submit the resultant investigation file on or before the 14th of January 2021.

In the Eldoret rally, where Deputy President William Ruto was the chief guest, Linturi castigated Rift Valley residents for allowing people from other parties to seek votes.

“The people of Uasin Gishu, you should top playing games. We cannot be supporting Ruto in Mount Kenya and Meru and you are here entertaining people who are not supporting him,” Linturi told the rally.

Linturi called for a six-piece voting pattern in favour of the United Democratic Alliance.

The Meru Senator has since defended himself, apologising publicly and seeking to clarify what he meant in the statement he made at the rally hosted by Ruto.

“On further reflection, and upon the advice of my colleagues, I regretfully concede that my choice of words was unfortunate. I, therefore, apologise, unreservedly, for the discomfort they may have created,” he said in a statement.

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    Written by Ericson Mangoli

    Ericson Mangoli is a researcher and a freelancer journalist, his work has been published by African Stand, Financial Stand, African Policy, and Kenyan Report.

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