Jubilee government has in the recent past been vocal about the need to tame hate mongering as the country heads to the August, 8, 2017 elections.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have, in several occasions, lashed out at CORD leader Raila Odinga for perpetuating politics of division and ethnicity.
It is for this reason that the hate mongering claim against National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale is a litmus test to the Jubilee administration, as Kenyans wait with baited breath to see if any action will be taken against him.
The story behind the story
For those who are not familiar with the ‘Duale situation’, this is what happened.
On Thursday, an audio clip leaked, where Aden Duale, who is also Garissa Township MP, is heard telling unknown people to evict people from the Kamba community from his constituency.
It is perceived that Duale is threatened by the large population of Kamba people living in the Constituency would vote for his rival Farah Maalim, wh recently defected from ODM to Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper (a party largely affiliated with the Kamba community)
Though Duale has written a statement at the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) claiming the clip was fake, the voice therein is undeniably his.
So either Duale has a doppelganger who sound exactly like him (with a hoarse, throaty voice) or he is taking Kenyans for a ride.
Whichever the case, it is imperative for the DCI and National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to investigate and act on the matter expeditiously.
NCIC, chaired by former speaker Francis Ole Kaparo, has particularly been equated to a toothless dog that cannot bite, owing to their big talk and no action on hate speech.
The only significant action against hate speech was when eight legislators from both CORD and Jubilee were arrested, arraigned and jailed for a week over incitement to violence.
The legislators were later released on bond after spending four day at the Pangani and Muthaiga police cells.
They are MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba), Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), Junet Mohamed (Suna East MP) and Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, Busia Woman representative Florence Mutua, and her Kilifi counterpart Aisha Jumwa.
Aden Duale’s alleged utterances place President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP Ruto in a precarious spot, with only one way out.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto should reign in on Duale to step down to show their seriousness in curbing hate speech and incitement to violence.
We are entering the electioneering period and every loophole that may be used by politicians to incite Kenyans to violence must be stopped, by any means necessary.