HATE SPEECH

NCIC summons Raila over madoadoa remarks

NCIC said the term is considered hate speech in Kenya.

In Summary

•He was summoned to appear before the commission over his recent remarks.

•Raila told Wajir residents to back the Azimio La Umoja movement candidates only

ODM leader Raila Odinga during a past event.
ODM leader Raila Odinga during a past event.
Image: COURTESY

ODM party leader Raila Odinga has been summoned by NCIC over the 'madoadoa' remarks he recently made at a rally in Wajir.

In a statement on Friday, NCIC said the term is considered hate speech in Kenya.

"The commission wishes to assure Kenyans of its commitment to curbing any form of hate speech to ensure Kenya remains a stable, prosperous and cohesive nation and to deliver on our promise of 'election bila noma'," it stated.

The Commission wants  Raila to explain in which context he used the term madoadoa during the Azimio la Umoja rally in Wajir.

Raila on Wednesday had told Wajir residents to back the Azimio la Umoja movement candidates only in the forthcoming general elections slated for August 9.

He said that the movement has many parties that have come together to unite the country, hence, the need to vote for them.

In January, Meru Senator Mithika Linturi, whose case was dropped, had used the term at a rally in Eldoret. 

He was arrested by detectives at Eka Hotel in Eldoret on January 9, over the alleged utterances.

However, he was released after the prosecution failed to prefer charges against him within the allocated time.

The DCI had said the madoadoa remarks evoked memories of past episodes of pre and post-election ethnic violence where certain communities were attacked for not supporting a candidate from the larger host community.

But the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) said in a tweet said that they had returned the file to the NCIC to fill in the gaps in the case.

"ODPP will make the decision to charge once investigations are complete in the ethnic Contempt Case against Senator Linturi. ODPP returned the file to NCIC to cover outstanding investigation gaps before resubmission."


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