The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji, has issued a warning against politicians who will incite the public into violence before and after the August 8 general elections.
“We are handling more than 50 cases related to political incitement, the biggest challenge is that people are afraid to come out and give evidence, we are asking media houses and journalists to volunteer information that would lead to prosecution of those politicians,” said Noordin.
The DPP speaking during the graduation of 120 youth, who have acquired business skills training at the Kenya Methodist University KEMU Mombasa campus revealed that, they have set up measures including joint training with different agencies, which will help them prosecute politicians who are inciting people.
Haji also challenged other agencies to be firm in dealing with leaders involved in incitement ahead of the 2022 general elections. He also cautioned the youth against engaging in political hate-mongering on their social media platforms.
“The question is how prepared are we as Kenyans to ensure that we don’t follow prey to political incitement, you as Kenyans should not accept to be used so that we can have a peaceful election, “he added.
The official now urges relevant authorities to ensure systems are in place before elections so as to avert any form of chaos that may arise after the election outcome, adding that political losers should embrace courts of law to seek justice.
“We should agree that we are going to compete and there will be a winner and a loser and I think the other thing is to ensure systems are in place to reduce any instates of fraud or rigging but even then we have the courts where individuals are aggrieved they should seek justice,” he added.
Several politicians have been prosecuted for incitement and hate speeches allegedly made during the rallies. They include Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and his Emurua Dikirr counterpart Johanna Ng’eno.
Haji says, cases of violence against women politicians seeking elective positions were also alarming, adding that the office has set guidelines to counter the violence against women.