Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has approved the arrest and prosecution of Emurua Dikirr MP Johanna Ng’eno making utterances intended to stir ethnic animosity.
In a statement, the DPP said the utterances made over the weekend were meant to stir ethnic hatred among communities residing within Trans Mara.
“The MP uttered words which were threatening, abusive and insulting words and intended or were likely to stir up ethnic animosity,” Haji said.
“It is in the public interest to prefer criminal charges against the suspect as his actions may open old wounds and incite the different communities against each other.”
The lawmaker will also face criminal charges over claims that his actions may open old wounds and incite different communities in the Mau area.
“Based on the evidence, applicable laws and the National Prosecution Policy, I have directed that criminal charges be preferred against the MP for hate speech contrary to section 13 of the National Cohesion and Integration Act, 2008 and offensive conduct conducive to breaches of peace contrary to section 94 of the Penal Code,” he added.
Ng’eno was arrested on Monday at around 4 PM and taken to Trans Mara East Sub-County and released moments later.
He was later re-arrested and transferred to Narok Police station and later Central Police, Nakuru.
“They are coming for me. I am ready for them. If this arrest will free our country and people from both physical and psychological torture, then nothing will be more redemptive,” he said.