ODM leader Raila Odinga has condemned the alleged incitement remarks made by Meru Senator Mithika Linturi.
Speaking on Sunday, Odinga said leaders should avoid ethnic profiling and instead preach peace ahead of this year’s general elections.
Odinga, who is eyeing the presidency, added that every Kenyan has a right to live freely anywhere in the country.
“We have IDPs in various parts of this country due to political violence. We do not want to go back there. Let us maintain peace and urge every person regardless of which political party they belong to or who they support to preach peace,” Odinga said.
Raila spoke when he visited mothers of political prisoners at Kibichiku Secondary School grounds in Kiambu County.
Senator Linturi was on Sunday morning arrested at a hotel in Eldoret by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and driven to Nakuru where he recorded a statement.
His arrest came hours after the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji directed Inspector-General of Police Hilary Mutyambai to investigate the politician over the utterances made during Deputy President William Ruto’s rally at Eldoret Sports Club on Saturday.
The DPP says Linturi’s statements could incite feelings of contempt, hatred, hostility, violence or discrimination.
Following a public uproar, Linturi issued an apology saying his remarks were misunderstood.