Richard Onyonka, a Member of Parliament from Kitutu Chache South, has been arrested for alleged inciting.

Officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Kisii town apprehended Onyonka this morning.

The legislator being questioned by the sleuths was arrested for reportedly making statements that bordered on hate speech and encouragement to violence.

His arrest comes only hours after Noordin Haji, the Director of Public Prosecutions, asked Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to investigate the MP over comments he made at a political rally.

Haji stated that Onyonka should be investigated in relation to a video clip that has been circulating on social media in which he appears to make words that might be considered hate speech.

“The alleged words captured in the video clip may be in violation of Article 33(2) of Kenya’s 2010 Constitution, which states that freedom of expression does not extend to – propaganda for war, incitement to violence, hate speech, or advocacy for hatred,” according to the statement.

The move follows a similar instruction given in response to Meru Senator Mithika Linturi’s statements.


This comes just two days after Meru Senator Mithika Linturi was detained for allegedly using hateful coded language.

Linturi was released on a Ksh5 million bond or a cash bail of 2 million shillings for making inciting remarks.

Senator Edna Nyaloti was ordered by Nakuru Chief Magistrate Edna Nyaloti not to contact witnesses either through proxy or personally.


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