Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago and Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi Under Probe Over Hate Speech

  • Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago and Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi are in trouble just a day after they threatened to abandon President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

    Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has now revealed that the two leaders are under investigation over utterances they made on the political trail which amounted to hate speech.

    Speaking on Thursday at the sidelines of a prayer service held in remembrance of 17 Administration Police servicemen, CS Nkaissery noted that Governor Mandago and MP Sudi would be charged if found to have breached the law.

    The National Cohesion and Integration Commission has also launched investigations after leaders from Nakuru County led by former Naivasha MP John Mututho lashed out at Mandago and Sudi for allegedly propagating hateful remarks.

    "It is very unfortunate that leaders have been quoted spreading ethnic animosity in broad daylight, knowing very well what happened in various parts of their county in 2007. The NCIC should investigate the matter before it gets out of hand," said Mututho.

    The CS’s comments came after Deputy President William Ruto reportedly met the two leaders on Wednesday to quell the rising tensions in the area.

    Ruto was said to have prevailed upon the two leaders to tone down on threats to ditch Jubilee and support NASA over claims that the DP was backing independent gubernatorial aspirant Zedekiah Bundotich Kiprop alias Buzeki.

    The two are said to have demanded that Ruto should prevail upon Buzeki to drop his bid or they would mobilise the Kalenjin community in a protest vote against Jubilee.

    They claimed that Ruto and some members of the Jubilee administration are bankrolling Buzeki's campaign and supporting his candidature.

    The rebel MPs vowed to sabotage Jubilee by supporting National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila if the issue was not resolved.

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