Interior PS Kibicho warns politicians over hate speech as 2022 polls near: “We’ll crush you”

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Interior PS Kibicho warns politicians over hate speech as 2022 polls near: “We’ll crush you”

– Interior PS Karanja Kibicho said careless remarks made by politicians were raising political temperatures in the country

– Hate speech, he said, was likely to breed ethnic animosity and clashes if perpetrators were not identified and punished

– Kibicho revealed the government was drafting regulations that will help in identifying and punishing perpetrators of hate speech

– Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and his Emurua Dikirr counterpart Johana Ng’eno have already been charged with hate speech

Interior Principal Secretary (PS) Karanja Kibicho has cautioned politicians against zoning the country into political enclaves and making derogatory remarks against colleagues and other communities.

Speaking in Kisii county on Wednesday, September 23, Kibicho warned that careless remarks by politicians risked escalating political tension and in the long run, may snowball into ethnic animosity if not nipped in the bud.

Kibicho revealed that as the country neared the 2022 General Election the government was working round the clock to develop regulations aimed at identifying and punishing perpetrators of hate speech.

“We are all aware that we are less than two years to the next general election. The recent remarks being made by politicians are showing that we are headed right where we were in 2007. We are not going to tolerate people who are causing disharmony in this country.

Those speaking recklessly should know that we have put them on notice…we are going to publish those protocols so that we know when we are about to cross the red line,” said Kibicho.

The PS further cautioned leaders who have been accused of hate speech or crime against inciting their supporters and communities against the state in a move to escape arrest.

Kibicho insisted that politicians with loose tounges were “not different from criminals” and as such, needed to be treated ruthlessly just like other lawbreakers.

“Whether you run to your tribe or under a political cover, we will not give you space to continue disturbing peace. I have been briefed that here in Kisii, there are some small gangs teaming up to cause political havoc. We will crush you. Don’t have any doubt. We will not let you become political thugs,” he stated.

Remarks by the PS came as Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, who is accused of hate speech, was charged in a Nakuru court where he pleaded not guilty.

Earlier, Emurua Dirkirr MP Johana Ng’eno also found himself in the soup after he made remarks that were perceived as demeaning to the family of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Ng’eno, who pleaded not guilty to hate speech, told President Uhuru Kenyatta to pack and leave if he was not ready to work with his deputy William Ruto.

His remarks were echoed by Sudi who also tore into the president claiming that he was persecuting the DP despite having helped him ascend to power in two general elections.

Kibicho visited Kisii to inspect a venue that will

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Executives seeking Pebble Mine detail their sway over politicians from Alaska to White House

A direct line to the White House, but routed through a third party to hide it from public view. Easy access to Alaska’s governor, as well as the state’s two U.S. senators. A successful push to unseat nine Republican state lawmakers who opposed their plan to build a massive gold and copper mine — the biggest in North America — near Bristol Bay in Alaska.

Those were some of the boasts, made by two top executives of a company trying to build the Pebble Mine, in videotapes secretly recorded by an environmental group and made public this week. It was a rare glimpse into the private discussions surrounding the company’s heated campaign to win federal permits for the project, which environmentalists say will destroy a pristine part of Alaska and devastate its world-famous sockeye salmon fishery.

The conversations were secretly recorded over the past month and a half by the nonprofit Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). Posing as potential investors in the mine, EIA investigators conducted video calls in which the mine’s sponsors detailed how they sought to curry favor with elected politicians from Juneau to Washington, D.C.

The tapes feature separate conversations with two key men behind the project: Roland Thiessen, chief executive of the Canadian-based Northern Dynasty Minerals, and Tom Collier, chief executive of its U.S. subsidiary, Pebble Limited Partnership.

Within a matter of weeks, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could grant a permit for the mine. While the agency found in late July that the project would have “no measurable effect” on the area’s fish populations, last month it informed Pebble Limited Partnership that it had to do more to show how it would offset the damage caused by the operation.

But even as the executives jump through regulatory hoops, they are focused on wooing Republican politicians. In the taped conversations, they detailed their plan to manage all the decision-makers.

Thiessen described both of the state’s Republican U.S. senators, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, as politicians who might make noises about the project to appear sensitive to environmental concerns but ultimately will not stand in their way. “It’s an age-old practice where when you have constituents, you have important people who support you on two sides of an issue, all right, you try to find a way to satisfy them both,” he said in the recording.

He noted that Murkowski declined to move a bill that would have barred the federal government from permitting the mine. Instead, she included language in a spending bill that raised some questions about Pebble Mine but did not hinder it. “She says things that don’t sound supportive of Pebble, but when it comes time to vote, when it comes time to do something, she never does anything to hurt Pebble, OK?” Thiessen said.

She says things that don’t sound supportive of Pebble, but when it comes time to vote, when it comes time to do something, she never does anything to hurt Pebble, OK?”
— Roland Thiessen, CEO of Northern Dynasty

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