Photo:Marsabit County Governor Amb.Ukur Yattani(Left),Marsabit County Commissioner Magu Mutindika in a Peace meeting in Jaldessa.
Marsabit County Commisioner Magu Mutindika on Thursday last week said the decision to ban the two rallies was arrived at by the County Security Advisory Committee after noting that past parallel political rallies posed a security threat.
“With all the factors surrounding the incidents in Turbi, Walda and other parts, we have noted that those incidents had taken dangerous political dimensions and as a result, it was decided that from now henceforth there is no two political rallies that would be held on the same day for security reasons. Those politicians seeking to held rallies should get official permit three days before the said rally,” he said.
He said the decision was reached at because recently supporters of Governor Ukur Yattani and those of gubernatorial aspirant Mohammud Ali clash during their respective rallies. Ali wants to replace Yattani as the next governor whereas the latter has vowed to retain his seat when elections are called in August 2017.
He further cautioned politicians and aspirants in the County against inciting the electorate and making utterances that may flare up tension ahead of next year’s general election. Mutindika warned political leaders inciting violence saying they risk arrest and prosecution despite their political influence.
He said the politicians will face dire consequences for spreading hate speech and violating the constitutional provisions on integrity and leadership. According to Mutindika, hate speeches can fuel violence in the county ahead of the forthcoming general election; therefore those seeking political seats in next year’s polls should exercise restraint and preach peace.
“I am asking the leaders to desist from making careless remarks. Security agencies would not hesitate to arrest anyone found inciting residents into violence irrespective of their position in the society,” he said.
He further urged area residents not to be swayed by politicians whose agenda is to create animosity and instead vote in leaders of their choice. “Politics is for a short time but after that, we must co-exist and continue with our daily lives. Let us all be sober and particularly the bodaboda operators should not listen to divisive politics,” he said.
Mutindika also warned FM radio stations in the county that if found guilty of fanning hate speech in the run-up to the August 8 general election their licenses would be withdrawn.
The Commissioner said radio stations should be ethical in reporting, and should refuse to be used to spread propaganda.
“If you engage in hate speech be ready to face the law. You risk losing your license depending on the gravity of issues at hand,” Mutindika said.
Mutindika said radio stations are likely to be used to spread hatred against other communities or group, noting his office has cautioned one already.