Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has ordered a probe into the alleged incitement remarks by Meru Senator Mithika Linturi.
Haji directed Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to investigate Linturi over the utterances he made in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County on Saturday.
“My attention has been drawn to a video clip circulating on social media platforms portraying Mithika Linturi allegedly addressing a crowd and stating that “…Watu wa Uasin Gishu musicheze na Kenya, na kile nawaomba ni kwamba madoa doa yale mulionayo hapa muweze kuondoa…’ which utterances could incite feelings of contempt, hatred, hostility, violence or discrimination,” DPP Haji said in a letter to IG Mutyambai.
“I hereby direct that you immediately institute comprehensive investigations into the said allegations and submit the resultant investigation file on or before 14 January 2021,” Haji added.
The senator was speaking during a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) mega rally where Deputy President William Ruto received ‘blessings’ to run for president this year.
His statements have sparked uproar among a section of Kenyans as they were construed to have been advocating for tribal segregation.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria condemned the utterances by Linturi, terming them as reckless.
"I am a close friend of the Deputy President. However, I am far. If you are in Eldoret and near hear tell him to rebuke this talk. It doesn't matter whether it is said by a Linturi or an Oscar Sudi. It matters that it is being said in Eldoret Sports Club, a few kilometers from KAG Church Kiambaa in 'Burnt' Forest'. Jameni Madoadoa tena," Moses Kuria wrote on Facebook.
Governor Kinyanjui tweeted: "We condemn the reckless talk & call for prosecution of the Senator. We may have our political differences but peaceful coexistence is key for all. The right to live, work or invest in any part of the country is not a favor from politicians, but a Constitutional right. "