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Interior cabinet secretary orders investigation on Muthama’s sentiments during CORD rally

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery

By Cyrus Kioko

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, ordered Machakos senator Johnston Muthama to record a statement with Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over his remarks at Uhuru Park, Nairobi on Wednesday during the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD’s) rally.

Speaking on Friday, the CS said he expected the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to open investigations on the inciting allegations made by the senator during the rally.

He accused the senator for inciting Kenyans through the sentiments he made concerning the president and the government in general.

“Mr. Muthama has made a habit of verbally attacking State officers in a manner that is intended to undermine cohesion and national unity for political gain,” he said.

He further said that such misconducts should not be confused with the freedom of expression stated in the Kenyan constitution hence claimed that investigations to the cause of the speech to be launched.

The CS said that Muthama’s call for people to die for defending their rights and unconstitutional change of the government was a serious breach of the basic tenets of the Constitution.

The Senator had made sentiments during his speech which attacked the president and the ruling party where he claimed that the government was due to courtesy of court and not fairly elected by the Kenyans.

“.. He rigged the elections, and when Raila went to court, the court decided he was the winner. Is that a court decision or the decision of people?”

said Muthama in his controversial speech during the Wednesday rally.

Muthama also linked the President with other unconstitutional acts such as disobeying the courts order for pay rise on teachers and not impeaching devolution cabinet secretary Ann Waiguru.

On Thursday, Jubilee MPs asked Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet to arrest Mr. Muthama within the next 24 hours for insulting the President and Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru during the opposition rally.

“They insulted the President (and) CS Anne Waiguru in a manner that is unbecoming,”

TNA party chairman Johnson Sakaja said.

The CORD rally also brought reactions from Kenyans who majorly termed it as a strategy to seek for funds and publicity in preparation bid for 2017 general election.

On social media, many cursed the opening of an account to pay teachers, same as the direct attack of president by Machakos senator.

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Sen. Muthama recorded the statement on Friday and it remains to be seen what will be outcome of the probe. Hopefully, something comes out of the investigations and his sentiments are arrested to forestall further insults especially as elections near.

About shitemi khamadi

Shitemi is the Kenya Monitor Managing Editor. He trains journalists on basics of journalism, storytelling, conflict sensitive journalism and devolution.

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