Nairobi, KENYA: Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro has said that lack of concrete evidence, is one of the reasons that hamper prosecution of leaders who engage in hate speech and incitement .
In an exclusive interview with Baraka Fm in Nairobi on Wednesday, Muhoro said that his department is experiencing challenges on hate speech cases as most of them do not reach threshold; as required by law.
“Especially on matters of hate speech or incitement, we need somebody who heard, we need those clips and as far as law of evidence is concerned; the taker of the clips or audio must appear before court and give evidence.” Muhoro said.
He said that evidence required by law has led to stalling of some investigations, because witnesses required to provide evidence in court always decline to do so.
“When we go for those clips media houses claim not to have them, and if they have them no one is willing to come and give evidence ,where does that leave us .”He said
Muhoro reiterated that his office is partnering with National Cohesion and Intergration Commission and office of Public Prosecution to enhance evidence collection in a bid to fight the vice.
On Tuesday MPs including Kitutu Msaba legislator Timothy Bosire ,Busia women Rep Florence Mutua ,Kilifi women rep Aisha Jumwa ,Gatundu south Moses Kuria ,Kabete legislator Ferdnand Waititu and Machakos senator JohnStone Muthama; were arrested and arraigned in court after being accused of engaging in hate speech.
The public has been blaming DCI for failing to bring to book leaders and members of public who engage in hate speech where most cases have not yet seen a comprehensive light of justice.