Arrest of politicians over hate speech is laudable

Mithika Linturi

Meru Senator Mithika Linturi (centre) inside a police car at Kaptembwo Police Station Nakuru on January 9, 2022 after being arrested in Eldoret over utterances he made at a political rally.

Photo credit: Cheboite Kigen | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • The arrest of politicians over hate speech should serve as an example to maintain the peace as we approach elections, says Jerry Kenyansa.
  • As Cameroon hosts the Africa Cup of Nations, Alnashir D. Walji’s only disappointment is that Kenya failed to qualify for the fete.

Inciters • The authorities, says Jerry Kenyansa, deserve praise for the speed with which they arrested and charged politicians with incitement at public rallies. “This should serve as an example to maintain the peace as we approach elections. Party whips should not spare anybody who utters words that violate the Constitution. They should be arrested immediately.” His contact is [email protected].

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Solar power • The fact that Kenya lies on the Equator gives the country a unique advantage in embracing solar energy generation as an alternative to hydroelectric power, says F. Mukembu. “Kenyans should be sensitised on the same. The Ministry of Energy should develop alternative energy and save us the agony of over-reliance on only one type of energy.” His contact is [email protected].

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Dear fuel • When fuel prices skyrocketed, Philip Githongo recalls, there was hue and cry and the government promised Kenyans some reductions. It also pledged electricity price reductions to ease economic challenges for the people. He now wonders what happened to the debate on petrol price reductions and the promised reductions. His contact is [email protected].

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Range Rover land • Kiambu County, which has both rainforests and semi-deserts, university don X. N, Iraki notes, has also earned itself the new title of ‘The Land of Range Rovers’. Kiambu, he adds, has the highest number of Range Rover cars per square kilometre. “Just drive around this county, day or night. Is this a sign of affluence, power or nostalgia?” His contact is [email protected].

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Football fete • As Cameroon hosts the Africa Cup of Nations, Alnashir D. Walji’s only disappointment is that Kenya failed to qualify for the fete. Nigeria, Cape Verde, Sudan and others are battling it out for the coveted trophy. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic having had an adverse effect on sports, he adds, football fans in Yaounde are cheering their favourite teams. His contact is [email protected]

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