Kenyan MP arrested over hate speech allegations

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Richard Onyonka, a member of Parliament from Kitutu Chache South, has been arrested.

The lawmaker was nabbed on Tuesday morning by detectives drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Kisii town, south-western Kenya.

According to reports, he was arrested for remarks that bordered on hate speech and encouragement to violence.

The MP is accused of claiming that evictions from the Rift Valley region are planned ahead of the 2022 General Election.

Mr. Onyonka was arrested after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji issued an order on Monday.

Haji had asked the Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai, to investigate the MP's comments at a political gathering.

"The alleged remarks captured in the video clip may be contrary to Article 33(2) of the Constitution of Kenya and Section 62(1) of the National Cohesion and Integration Act," read the DPP letter in part.

"You are hereby directed to undertake investigations into the aforementioned matter and submit the investigation file within seven days of the date hereof," said the DPP directed the Inspector General of Police.

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