Kitutu Chache MP Richard Onyonka has been arrested in Kisii over alleged hate speech.
The legislator was nabbed by DCI sleuths following a directive by DPP Noordin Haji to IG Hilary Mutyambai to probe utterances made last week.
“Reference is made to a video clip circulating on social media platforms in which Hon Richard Onyoka, MP for Kitutu Chache constituency is addressing a gathering in Kisii County. The alleged remarks captured in the video clip may be contrary to Articles 33(2) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, which provides inter alia ” The right to freedom of expression does not extend to – (a) propaganda for war; (b) incitement to violence; (c) hate speech; or advocacy of hatred” and section 62 of the National Cohesion and Integration Act, No.12 of 2008,” read the letter to Mutyambai.
Haji asked the IG to submit the investigation file within seven days from Monday.
“Pursuant to Article 157 (4) of the Constitution, you are hereby directed to undertake an investigation into the aforementioned matter and submit the investigation file within seven days,” added the DPP.
Onyonka landed in hot oil after deputy President William Ruto on Monday called for law enforcers to probe his utterances.
This, the DP said as he called on the law to be applied equally across the political divide for in cases of hate mongering.
“We do not subscribe to any divisive talk. We do not agree with any talk that profiles individuals, groups, or communities,” Ruto stated.
“We want all culprits, whether they belong to UDA or the other side, to face the law equally so that we can rid the nation of hate and incitement.”