DPP Haji orders investigation into Facebook group for hate speech –

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has ordered an investigation into a Kenyan Facebook group posting inflammatory content amid a spate of attacks in Lamu County.

In a letter to Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai on Friday, Haji identified the Facebook account as Lamu County Unlimited Political Group.

According to the DPP, 12 people using pseudonyms posted content that amounts to hate speech.

The accounts listed bear the names of Catherine Dylan, Cyte Nimz Maina, Muthoni Martha, Lucy Peter, Anthony Mambo, Njeri E. Mwaniki, Frank Mwangi, Josh Mhumble, Alphaken Madiba, Paul Keta Sikujua, David Brighton, and Ndirangu Kenn.

“The above-mentioned persons have published content likely to incite feelings of contempt, hatred, hostility, violence or discrimination against certain ethnic groups, which is contrary to Article 33(2) of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, Section 62(1) of the National Cohesion and Integration Act 2008 and Sections 22 and 23 of the Computer Misuse and Cybercrime Act 2018,” the DPP said.

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Haji ordered the IG to investigate the said posts and submit a case to his office within 30 days.

“I hereby order you to initiate thorough investigations into said postings and submit the resulting investigation file within thirty (30) days,” Haji said in the copied letter to the INCC President. , Simon Kobia.

“A progress report is to be forwarded to my office within fourteen (14) days for further instructions.”

At least five suspected al-Shabaab attacks have been reported in several parts of the county, leaving more than seven civilians and four policemen dead in recent weeks.

Several houses were also set on fire in what security agencies say could be linked to land issues between locals and some residents perceived as “outsiders”.

Read also: 4 people arrested in connection with the Lamu attack which left 6 dead

Last week, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i imposed a 30-day dusk-to-dawn curfew in the county over the killings.

The SC declared the affected areas a disturbed area and ordered the immediate deployment of a multi-agency security team to pursue the “bandits”.

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