The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) has ordered investigations into utterances made by Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot.
Cheruiyot, addressing thousands of locals at the Eldoret Sports Club made comments targeted at Kesses MP Dr. Swarup Mishra.
In the comments, largely in the native Kipsigis language, the vocal Senator seemed to suggest that Mishra should return back to his country of birth.
The MP elected in 2017 under the Jubilee party is of Indian origin.
“Watu wa Kericho wamenituma niwaulize kwa nini mnachagua watu krek (vichwa ngumu). Mbona mnachagua mhindi anakuja kudharau kiongozi wetu? Weka yeye ndege arude Punjab. Mtu alikuja Kenya na long’i moja 97 ile vitu anawapea si ni yenu,” Aaron Cheruiyot said in part of his speech.
This can loosely be translated to; “The people of Kericho have sent me to ask you why you’re electing rude leaders. Why are you electing an Indian who is despising our leader? Deport him back to Punjab. He came to Kenya with only one pair of trousers in 1997 and those things he is giving you belong to you.”
These are sentiments DPP wants the Senator investigated, and he is likely to be arrested and charged.
“The utterances could incite feelings of contempt, hatred, hostility, violence or discrimination and may be contrary to Article 33(2) of the Constitution and sections 13 and 62(1) of the National Cohesion and Integration Act of 2008,” the DPP noted.
Two other legislators accused of making inciting statements – Meru Senator Mithika Linturi and Kitutu Chache MP Richard Onyonka have already been arrested.
Linturi made the ‘madoadoa’ remarks at the Eldoret Sports Club while Onyonka spoke in Kisii, responding to the Senator.
Dr. Mishra is known for his philanthropy, and critics have usually claimed that he was voted in as MP because of his money.
The legislator who is also the proprietor of the Mediheal Group of Hospitals has been at loggerheads with allies of Deputy President William Ruto.
This is due to his stand with the Jubilee party, at a time DP Ruto’s allies were being targeted and removed from influential positions at the Senate and National Assembly.
United Democratic Alliance (UDA) politicians have been calling for their supporters to reject leaders perceived to be opposed to the DPs presidential bid.