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DPP goes for Linturi over ‘hate speech’ remarks

A section of leaders led by Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria have condemned the utterances by Linturi and want him prosecuted.

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Meru Senator Linturi

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Hajji has directed the Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai to launch investigations into the utterances made by Meru Senator, Mithika Linturi in Uasin Gishu County today.

The Senator in a political rally streamed live on TV band social media stated; ‘Watu wa Uasin Gishu musicheze na Kenya, na kile nawaonba ni kwamba madoadoa Yale mlio nayo hapa muweze kuondoa’.

The DPP in a letter to IG Mutyambai said the utterances by the Senator could incite feelings of hatred, violence, and discrimination. He directed the IG to hand in a comprehensive report by 14th January 2022

“Pursuant to Article 157 (4) of the constitution, I hereby direct that you immediately institute comprehensive investigations into the said allegations and submit the resultant investigation file on or before 14th, January 2022,” part of the statement read.

A section of leaders led by Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria have condemned the utterances by Linturi and want him prosecuted.

Moses Kuria said it was unfortunate that such remarks were made a few kilometres from KAG Kiambaa where 36 non-locals were burnt to death at the height of the 2007/08 political violence.

“I am a close friend of the Deputy President. However, I am far. If you are in Eldoret and near there, tell him to rebuke this talk. It doesn’t matter whether it is said by a Linturi or an Oscar Sudi,” he stated.

The Governor said the ethnopolitical profiling of persons should be discouraged and called on the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to investigate the remarks.

“We may have our political differences, but peaceful coexistence is a common asset for all irrespective of political orientation,” he stated in a statement to media houses.

He added that the right to live, work or invest in any part of the country is not a favour from politicians, but a Constitutional right and political leaders should promote national unity.

However, Senator Linturi has said people are spinning what he said, insisting that he stands by his statement.

“My message was clear, I don’t owe anybody any explanation. Whoever does not support the DP @WilliamsRuto in the region should not be elected,” Linturi wrote on his Twitter account.

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Here’s IEBC’s 2022 Elections calendar

General Elections are slated for 9th August 2022.

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IEBC officials at a past function.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Jan 17 to Feb 17, 2022:

_~Voters ~Submission countrywide._

Feb 9, 2022:
_~Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts._

April 9, 2022:
_~Submission of names of candidates for primaries._

APRIL16 to APRIL 22, 2022:
_~Party Primaries._

May 2, 2022:
_~Submission of independent candidates’ symbols, letter of intent to vie and clearance from the registrar._

May 9, 2022:
_~Time for those intending to run as independent candidates to resign from parties._

May 9 to May 13, 2022:
_~Gazettement of names of independent candidates and symbols._

May 30 to June 10, 2022:
_~Presidential candidates are nominated and candidates for other seats nominated._

June 20 to June 24, 2022:
_~Publication of names of all nominated candidates._

June 25, 2022:
_~Parties to submit party lists._

May 30 to August 6,2022:
_~Official election campaign period._

AUGUST 9, 2022: ELECTION DAY.

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2017 post-poll police brutality haunts former spokesman Owino

Kenyan police killed at least 33 people in the capital during a crackdown following elections in August 2017, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said.

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The fierce government crackdown on protestors during the disputed 2017 general elections has come back to haunt former police spokesman Charles Owino.

Owino, who is vying for the Siaya County governorship, says he is often reminded of his then hardline stance whenever he is out in his campaign trails.

“To date, the complaints that were there in 2017 affect my campaigns because I hear some people say you fought us. How come you now want to come and lead us?” he revealed.

Appearing alongside former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar for Citizen TV’s News Night show, Owino said he was a police officer mandated to enforce laws and regulations.

Kenyan police killed at least 33 people in the capital during a crackdown following elections in August 2017, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said.

In the show opener with host Waihiga Mwaura, Owino said that as a policeman, and as a spokesman, most of the time he had to remain neutral and enforce the law as required.

Luckily, he said, he is transiting from being a police officer to a politician and has always had a way of feeding off the allegations, mostly from his competitors.

“You must understand that they’re just competitors and have nothing to offer. They have nothing to pin you down on and therefore have to get something in competition,” he said.

He said his nature of training has enabled him to handle his competitors, by always having an answer to what he termed as unfounded allegations.

Owino will face it off with former Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo, Senator James Orengo, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, among others to succeed governor Cornel Rasanga.

Owino has picked Rose Midiwo, the widow of former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo, as his running mate in the 2022 Siaya gubernatorial race.

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Makueni County Commissioner Maalim to replace Natembeya

In 2019, Maalim emerged as the best County administrator in Kenya.

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Mohamed Ahmed Maalim

Makueni County Commissioner, Mohamed Ahmed Maalim is set to replace Rift Valley Regional Commissioner, George Natembeya who resigned earlier today to pursue political interests.

A new transfer and deployment of regional administrators notice indicate that Natembeya will be stationed at the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.

“I am no longer the Rift Valley Regional Commissioner,” Natembeya said on Wednesday after serving in public service for more than 25 years.

Natembeya, who has served as Rift Valley Commissioner for two-and-a-half years, is seeking to succeed Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba in the August elections.

In 2019, Maalim emerged as the best County administrator in Kenya during the 2019 Public Service Excellence Awards (PSEA), having reposed public beaches in Mombasa County.

Another administrator who moves in the sweeping changes is Narok County Commissioner Evans Achoki, who was promoted to Regional Commissioner – Eastern.

Kang’ethe Thuku has been moved from the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government headquarters to Regional Commissioner – Nairobi. He was replaced by Wilfred Nyagwanga, who served in the Central region

Regional Commissioners Isaiah Nakoru has been moved from Eastern to the Western region, Esther Maina moved from Western to Central, James Kianda moved from Nairobi to North Eastern.

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