Hate Speech just replaced Teargas Monday, Somehow.
By Nanjala Sarah
It is no longer Teargas Monday, a new wave has emerged. Hate Speech has arrived in town and it is taking over at an alarming rate.
Six politicians from both houses of political power have been arrested over hate speech and incitement allegations. The six lawmakers include Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete) and Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati) from the Jubilee party and Junet Mohamed (Suna East), Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba) and Kilifi Woman Representative Aisha Jumwa Katana from the CORD party.
Things are clearly not going the right way as peaceful demonstrations have escalated to levels of arrest. According to the Daily Nation, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro said that orders have been given to county DCI to be on the lookout for hate-mongers, who have since recorded statements and will appear on court on Tuesday.
Early Tuesday morning there was drama outside Nation Centre, where police arrested Suna East Member of Parliament Junet Mohamed moments after he left a live interview on AM live with NTV.
Dangerous Grounds for Jubilee Government
Social media went crazy with the arrest of the lawmakers and a turn of events was witnessed as tables turned on the Jubilee government with people saying that Raila is not the problem but rather the Jubilee government. The cords are becoming thicker for the Jubilee government especially with the elections drawing near.
It is now getting hotter by day in the political playground and the Jubilee MPs are clearly not helping at all. The hate speech by the three lawmakers from the ruling government is now being seen as a mediocre move by the government after sensing defeat and loss of political ground to the opposition.
However Kenyans are determined not to repeat the mistakes of previous elections especially the 2007 post-election violence which saw thousands killed and tens of thousands displaced. With the phrase ‘I belong to tribe Kenya’ echoing the social media platforms, reminding Kenyans that they are not each other’s enemy but rather corruption, hate and tribalism is the true enemy.
The recent events, just a few months towards the general elections set to take place around August 2017, have led to massive social media attention with the hash tags #HateSpeechKE and #RailaNotTheProblem trending all day. Here are some of your sample tweets: