Police have opened a probe against Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot over alleged racist remarks he made on Saturday.
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji on Tuesday directed police to investigate the senator over his utterances that appeared to racially profile Kesses MP Swarup Mishra, who is of Asian descent.
Haji said the remarks which made reference to the racial identity of an elected leader could incite feelings of hatred, hostility, violence, contempt, and discrimination.
He added that the statements may be contrary to Article 33 (2) of the Constitution of Kenya, and Section 13 and 62 (1) of the National Cohesion and Integration Act.
“You are hereby directed to institute comprehensive investigations in accordance with Article 157 (4) of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, to determine whether any offense (s) has been committed by the said senator and submit the resultant investigation file within seven (7) days of the date thereof,” Haji said in a letter to Inspector-General of Police Hilary Mutyambai.
Senator Cheruiyot made the utterances at Deputy President Ruto’s rally in Eldoret on Saturday.