November 22nd 2017

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ODM MP arrested as security agents tighten nose on hate mongers

He was taken to Homabay Police station to record a statement before further action is taken against him. According to the police the MP will be taken to court later today to answer to charges. Police are yet to disclose the hate utterances that landed the legislator in trouble.

By Julliet Mwihakijmwihaki@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 21 Jul 2017 10:30 EAT

ODM's Junet Mohammed flanked by other party leaders as they address the press over the chaotic rally in Migori town in April

Suna East Member of Parliament Junet Mohamed has been arrested. Police this morning nabbed him at Kabunde airstrip in Homa Bay town over incitement to violence charges allegedly made a fortnight ago at a youth conference attended by ODM deputy party leader Hassan Joho.

He was taken to Homabay Police station to record a statement before further action is taken against him. According to the police the MP will be taken to court later today to answer to charges. Police are yet to disclose the hate utterances that landed the legislator in trouble.

The MP also confirmed his arrest over hate speech and incitement to violence allegations. He said he was being questioned by police.

Junet is a close ally of opposition leader Raila Odinga and is defending his MP seat on an ODM ticket. NASA leaders campaigned in Homa Bay on July 17.

Homa Bay Criminal Investigations chief Joseph Tuksho said the MP would be arraigned in court immediately after recording the statement. The arrest comes days after President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed stern action against politicians inciting Kenyans to violence. The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has also put on notice leaders fanning disharmony in the country.

The arrest of the outspoken and controversial MP has seen immediate reactions on social media. Hon Lee Makwiny (@leemakwiny) tweeted @JunetMohamed must be released. Agents of impunity should stop intimidation. They are going home.

Mr Mohamed was among seven politicians from the Jubilee and Cord coalitions arrested last year over alleged hate speech and incitement to violence.

Others included Members of Parliament Moses Kuria (Gatundu) Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete), Kimani Ngunjiri (Nakuru East), Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba), Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, Busia Woman Representative Florence Mutua and her Mombasa counterpart Aisha Jumwa.

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