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September 19, 2017

Kitale hospital intern nurse arrested over hate speech claims

A nurse intern at Kitale Referral Hospital allegedly posted inciting message on Facebook which police and NCIC say amounts to hate speech. /FILE
A nurse intern at Kitale Referral Hospital allegedly posted inciting message on Facebook which police and NCIC say amounts to hate speech. /FILE

Police in Eldoret and officers from the NCIC have arrested an intern nurse for spreading hate speech through social media.

Fred Kitowoy Kipsiwa of Kitale Referral Hospital is the second suspect to be arrested in the ongoing crackdown against hate mongers.

He was arrested on Monday in Kitale and will be charged in court after the anti-hate agency finalises investigations.

Eldoret West police boss Samwel Mutunga said: "We have him in custody and NCIC officers are finalising investigations."

This was after the police arrested a college student who was later charged in court with ethnic contempt.

Meshack Kipchirchir denied inciting people on Facebook before Eldoret chief magistrate Charles Obulutsa.

Police said his June 16 post was calculated to stir up ethnic hatred between Kalenjins and Kikuyus.

Read: Eldoret student charged with ethnic contempt, released on Sh1 million bond

Five other suspects from Eldoret are also being sought as agencies moved to tame hate speech on social media ahead of August polls.

Uasin Gishu county commissioner Abdi Hassan said they are working with the NCIC to arrest all those involved.

Governor Jackson Mandago said he fully supports the NCIC crackdown on those who want to incite chaos during the polls.

More on this: Seven wanted for spreading hate speech in Eldoret

Also read: We are coming for you, Kaparo tells WhatsApp admins over hate messages

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