Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho on Wednesday, September 23, vowed that the Ministry would deal with politicians who spew toxic political statements that can ignite violence.
Speaking during an event in Kisii County, Kibicho rekindled memories of the 2007/8 post-election violence, arguing that the statements by some political leaders had the potential to lead to similar chaos in 2022.
"We are less than 2 years from the general election and temperatures are rising but we need to calm the temperature down.Interior PS Karanja Kibicho (right) inspects government projects in Tana River County on July 8, 2020a
"We needed to generate a protocol because the manner in which some people are talking only shows we are heading into the direction we ended some time back," Kibicho warned.
The PS asked Kenyans to allow the Ministry to deal with politicians who were encouraging hate speech in their political utterances.
"We will draw the red lines and we will be very clear that whether you run to your tribe, whether you hide under political cover, we will not give you space to continue inciting people in this country," Kibicho warned.
In addition, he stated that the Ministry had received intelligence on criminals that were ganging up to cause political havoc in Kisii County.
"We will crush you, don't have any doubt, we will crush you. We will not allow the freedom of the people and their safety be compromised because of a few people who want to be political thugs," he declared.
His sentiments came a week after Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi came under condemnation for utterances he made against the first family.
He was defending his counterpart Emurua Dikirr MP Johanna Ng'eno, who had made similar utterances against the former first lady.
Sudi was charged with hate speech, offensive conduct, resisting arrest, being in unlawful possession of a firearm and assault of a police officer.
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