May 26, 2022

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UDA State-backed violence claims are baseless, police say

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, police spokesman Bruno Shioso said the allegations are an ongoing and regrettable series of baseless, outrageous and provocative allegations by party leaders.

“The allegations are completely baseless and false in nature and maliciously aimed at damaging the reputation of the NPS and its officials,” he said.

The party claimed in a statement to newsrooms on Monday that police watched violent hooligans throw stones threw the Deputy President William Ruto’s rally at the Jacaranda compound in Nairobi.

Another incident in Kitale, in which MPs were allegedly evicted by police from a peaceful gathering, was also reported. The party claimed that the motorcade led by Dr. Ruto was stoned to death in Nyeri on September 5, 2021. The DP motorcade was also stoned to death in Kondele, Kisumu County on November 10, 2021.

Deteriorating situation

“The United Democratic Alliance is demanding that the Ministry of Interior and the Kenya Police Service end this deteriorating situation. The investigation must be concluded quickly and the perpetrators of this intolerance held accountable,” read the statement, which was signed by party leader Mr Johnson Muthama and Secretary-General Veronica Maina.

Ms Shioso, however, said none of the allegations were reported to police.

“The National Police Service is a professional institution committed to the rule of law and compliance with established protocols that guide the conduct of political rallies and other public events. These policies will continue to be upheld fairly, firmly and robustly without favors or expectations,” Mr. Shioso added.

He then urged all stakeholders in the upcoming general election to practice sobriety and refrain from such acts and institutions and undermine offices vital to the unity and security of the nation.

Last year, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) warned politicians against “hiring” gangs to support rallies and causes to disrupt their rivals’ violence.

NCIC Chairman Dr. Paul Kobia, said the commission will not only look after the politicians behind the chaos, but also those who caused the violence.

Political Platforms

< p>“We are equipped with gadgets that can capture both voices and photos from political platforms,” ​​said Dr. Kobia after a peace-building meeting with members of the clergy in Mombasa.

The commission also has agents monitoring hate-mongers and those who incite others to violence in the country.

Those in different parts of the country The violence witnessed has drawn the attention of civil society groups concerned that reckless statements by politicians can fuel political and social tensions and lead to anarchy.

The groups, including the International Justice, said in a statement released on Wednesday Mission, the Kenya Human Rights Commission, the Defenders Coalition, the Women Human Rights Defenders Hub, the Social Justice Center Working Group Article 19, and the Constitution and Reform Education Consortium, NCIC, and legislation deterring hate speech have failed to curb incitement in the country .

“Kenya’s 2007, 2013 and 2017 elections were marred by post-election violence, w as proves the dangerous effects of politically instigated statements. It is incumbent on the relevant government agencies to crack the whip at politicians who would undoubtedly amount to hate speech,” they said.

They also condemned the increasing use of social media to spread hate speech and called on politicians to vow to Constitution to uphold and defend the interests of the country and its citizens.

Head of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has investigations into Meru Senator Mithika Linturi and Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka , and Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot ordered incitement claims.