The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Noordin Hajj, has instructed Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai, to investigate an alleged manipulated clip of Deputy President William Ruto that was circulated on social media by Mombasa Governor, Hassan Ali Joho, and Suna East MP, Junet Mohamed.
Hajj said the two agencies will investigate to authentically confirm whether the maligned clip was doctored to incite people as well as discover the source, after which the necessary action will be taken.
“We will await the file. We have to establish whether indeed that was what was uttered or whether it was altered, and we have given appropriate directions,”
“We have also taken appropriate action and directed the appropriate authorities, especially the National Police Service, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), and the National Cohesion and Integrated Commission (NCIC) to do what ought to be done,” Haji remarked.
He also disclosed that the two agencies will open a probe regarding another clip that is purportedly aligned with the August 9 Election rigging.
His sentiments come a day after the United Democratic and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), wrote a letter to NCIC asking it to take action against Joho and Junet.
According to UDA, the video was doctored to purport that Ruto was inciting people in his Uasin Gishu backyard when he spoke in his native language.
“This video is a choreographed version intended to cause, elicit and spread hate, incitement to violence, ethnic discrimination, and disharmony,” UDA Secretary General, Veronica Maina, stated in her letter to NCIC.
“The video has also been intentionally edited with a deliberate aim and objective of causing ethnic hatred, fear, and intolerance during this peak political season.”
UDA wanted the NCIC to compel the two to pull down the videos and suspend their accounts.
“We implore your office to act immediately and take action with the view to taking down the unlawful videos, as well as suspending the respective accounts propagating hate speech,” the UDA letter read in part.
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Joho posted the edited video on his verified account on Tuesday, slamming DP Ruto for allegedly calling on Uasin Gishu natives to drive out non-indigenous Kenyans from the county should they decide not to back his presidential bid on August 9.
The post sparked public outrage and was later flagged by PesaCheck, Africa’s largest indigenous fact-checking organization, explaining that some words were removed.