Kilifi, KENYA: Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi has condemned the arrest of Kilifi Women Representative Aisha Jumwa on allegations of hate speech.
Kingi said her arrest is totally against the law as the Women Rep never uttered any hate speech.
Speaking to the press in his office on Wednesday, Kingi said the national government is using hate speech allegations as a tactic to frustrate and instill fear upon the Women Rep in her political journey.
“I condemn the arrest of our Women Representative and demand her release with immediate effect,there is no substantial evidence to place Jumwa’s statements as inciting.” said Kingi.
“I want to remind our police force that laws cannot be applied inconsistently but let people be arrested on what they said and not their political stands,” added Kingi.
Kingi offered to work hand in hand with the police in the fight against hate speech and statements from leaders and individuals that may tend to discriminate others based on their tribe, political affiliation or religion.
“The people of Kilifi will never tolerate inciting and inflammatory statements by anyone,” said Kingi.
Aisha Jumwa was arrested alongside other four CORD supporters and Three Jubilee supporters and will be charged for hate speech.
Earlier on Aisha claimed to have been threatened over the phone by a stranger who identified himself as Waithaka believed to be the chairman of the GEMA community, on claims that she referred to President Uhuru as a ‘Jamaa’.
Waithaka was then arrested at Nyali in Mombasa County and charged for threatening a life.
CORD leaders have seen their efforts to bail their colleagues out on bond rejected by the court earlier on and they will have to be held in custody until Friday this week.