Kenya Main Opposition Candidate Under Investigation For Ethnic Tension Allegations Ahead Of August 2017 Election

By Our Nairobi Correspondent Raila Odinga in a press conference

The Kenyan Government  has pushed for multi-agency investigative bodies to charge Raila over claims that he asked a community in Kajiado to shun others that have settled in the area.

The President has repeatedly claimed Raila was inciting Kenyans since the audio recording in which the Opposition leader asked the Maasai to stop selling land to outsiders went viral on Wednesday.

“Kenya cannot be led through tribal or divisive politics, we cannot achieve our development goals unless we unite,” Uhuru said.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Directorate of Public Prosecution said they will back up detectives from the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) in un-coding Raila’s remarks.

But as the matter became a criminal probe, ODM leaders defended their party boss against accusations of incitement, saying his statement was misinterpreted.

Jubilee, which invited the NCIC to investigate and prosecute Raila for the sentiments, argues that the remarks, coming weeks to the elections, are likely to cause ethnic tension that could be a recipe for anarchy.

In its official complaint to NCIC, Jubilee, through its Secretary General Raphael Tuju, argues that Raila’s sentiments were inciteful, setting residents of Kajiado against others who are not of the same ethnic, social, political and religious background.

“It instills fear to non-Maasai residents in the area by telling them not to go where members of that community are,” said Tuju in his complaint.
He called for sanctions against Raila “commensurate to the gravity of the offence”.

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