IG orders arrest of MPs Ndindi Nyoro, Alice Wahome over deadly violence

Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai has ordered the arrest of MPs Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu) and Alice Wahome (Murang’a Woman Representative) over deadly violence in Mutang’a County on Sunday.

At least one person was killed in chaos that erupted in Kenol town as youths allied to Jubilee Party’s Tangatanga and Kieleweke factions clashed.

Via Twitter, the National Police Service said Mr Nyoro and Ms Wahome should be “tracked and arrested immediately for mobilising goons who caused mayhem at Kenol”.

It added, “Equally, the vehicles which were hired to ferry goons be tracked and detained to assist in Investigation [sic]”.

NCIC outraged

Meanwhile, the the Nation Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) wants the arrest and prosecution of perpetrators of the violence ahead of a visit by Deputy President William Ruto.

Rev. Kobia said the commission is outraged by the rising political temperature over the past few months and its degeneration into violence.

He further said the NCIC is “sickened by the manifestation of hatred and intolerance by public figures” and that it has noted with concern attacks and counter-attacks among politicians, that have created space for threats of violence to emerge.

“Of significance is the hustlers dynasty clash that mirrors the narrative preceded the Rwanda genocide,” Rev Kobia told journalists at Sarova Whitesands hotel in Mombasa County.

Ugly past

The commission warned politicians against preaching divisive politics and condemned acts of intolerance, incitement, violence and murder perpetrated by public figures.

It told them they must discourage the rhetoric of hate and violence that has escalated in recent months as they prepare for the 2022 General Election.

“We support constructive, honest, and useful public debates but will not condone discourses that prematurely draw us into an early campaign period,” said the chair.

Citing the 2007/8 post-election violence, that left at least 1,300 people dead and more than 650,000 internally displaced, Rev. Kobia said it should be clear to Kenyans that violence is not a solution to any challenge.

“We would like to remind Kenya’s and politicians that this country has a deep reverence for the Constitution and rule of law. Non-violence is a fundamental right. We use this sad event to reaffirm the need to respect divergent views, and remember the values of peace, national ethos and cohesion that represent the people of Kenya,” he said.

Rev. Kobia also told all political parties to recognise the rights of each Kenyan.

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