The utterance of Meru Senator Mithika Linturi opened a debate among Kenyans and other leaders who accused him of hate speech and openly trying to cause some division in the country.
According to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), a directive has been sent out to investigate the Senator over his sentiment that has been termed as hate speech and incitement note.
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The Office of Public Prosecution took to their social media to state that, “The DPP has directed that comprehensive investigations be undertaken expeditiously on utterances made by Hon. Mithika Linturi. We wish to inform members of the public that persons found culpable of hate speech and incitement will be prosecuted.”
In the letter dated 8th January 2022 it stated that the office of public prosecution has started an investigation into the utterances of ethnic contempt. The letter also read that, “My attention has been drawn to a video clip circulating on social media portraying Mithika Linturi allegedly addressing the crowd and stating that,’watu wa Uasin Gishu musicheze na Kenya, na kile nawaomba ni kwamba madoa doa mulionayo hapa muweze kuondoa’ which utterances could incite feelings of contempt, hatred, hostility, violence or discrimination.”
Director of Public prosecutions Noordin Haji directed Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to launch an investigation into the allegations and submit the investigation file on or before 14th January 2022.