Kitutu Chache South Member of Parliament, Richard Onyonka, has been arrested.

Kitutu Chache South Member of Parliament, Richard Onyonka, has been arrested.

Onyonka was picked up by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Kisii Town Tuesday, January 11.

According to reports, he was arrested over remarks flagged as bordering hate speech and incitement to violence.

The MP is accused of alleging that there is a plan to evict people from the Rift Valley region ahead of the 2022 general election.

DCI officers are said to be grilling the Legislator at the Kisii County Police Headquarters before he is charged in court.

On January 10, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Noordin Haji, requested the Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai, to probe the MP over statements he made during a political rally.

“The alleged remarks captured in the video clip may be contrary to Article 33(2) of the Constitution of Kenya and section 62 (1) of the National Cohesion and Integration Act,”

“You are hereby directed to undertake investigations into the aforementioned matter and submit the investigation file within seven days of the date hereof,” read the letter in part.

While addressing a crowd in Kisii on Monday, Onyoka dared the DPP to arrest him following the remarks, claiming that they had been misinterpreted.

“I hear there’s a letter written (by the DPP) to the DCI to investigate me. Even if they arrest me or not, I’m a man…” he stated.

Onyonka was backed up by his Dagoretti North counterpart, Simba Arati, who claimed that the MP was not erratic in his remarks.

He becomes the second politician to be apprehended on allegations over making remarks that amount to incitement and hate speech.

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