Sleuths interrogate politicians over incitement to violence in North Rift

Wednesday, November 1st, 2023 01:34 | By
Tiaty MP William Kamket. PHOTO/Print
Tiaty MP William Kamket. PHOTO/Print

Police yesterday questioned three legislators from the North Rift region over alleged incitement to violence.

Investigators drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) interrogated West Pokot Senator Julius Murgor, Tiaty MP William Kamket and Sigor MP Peter Lochakapong.

The Rift Valley Regional Criminal Investigations Officer (RCIO) Charles Kanyuira summoned the three to appear at the headquarters in Nakuru over their remarks in the last one week.

“We are investigating a case of incitement to violence contrary to section391 of the Penal Code. I hereby summon you to appear before me on October 31, 2023 without fail,” the summon read in part.

According to the letter, the three were summoned for interrogation and statement recording.

The three legislators accompanied by their lawyer Kipkoech Ngetich arrived at the regional headquarters early morning. For three hours, sleuths questioned the leaders who were joined by a battery of other lawmakers from the region.

When they emerged, the leaders through their lawyer revealed that they had been questioned over a wide range of issues that continue to pose threats to peace in the region.

“These are issues happening in West Pokot, Turkana and Baringo Counties. My clients honoured the summons and we are ready to cooperate with the government,” said Ngetich.

The DCI explained that the matter cannot be handled by the DCI and that they wanted the national government to seriously look into their concerns.

“The leaders have made an appeal to the National Security Council to visit the three counties and give solutions based on their own findings,” said Ngetich.

He explained that the challenges of insecurity in the region were mainly being caused by continued marginalization of particular communities in the area.

“The summons directed on the leaders and especially on Kamket is not new. The repetitive summons clearly show that the government has failed to solve the real problem,” said Ngetich. On his part, Kamket said particular communities in the region were being marginalized even in the distribution of National Police Reservists (NPRs).

“My constituency is surrounded by other constituencies all of which have been provided with NPRs. This discrimination has exposed my people and it is what we are fighting against,” said Kamket.

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