The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has swung into action over viral video clips where Deputy President William Ruto alleged that local administrators were holding night meetings in a plan to disrupt the general election.
In a letter to the Inspector General of Police (IG) Hilary Mutyambai dated August 3, the DPP directed the IG to investigate the authenticity of the clips.
Haji stated that the alleged remarks by the Deputy President are capable of propagating ethnic incitement and may cause chaos and violence in the country.
“The alleged remarks and/or alleged doctored/altered video clips are capable of propagating ethnic incitement, vilification of others or incitement to cause harm contrary to Article 33(2) of the constitution.
“Furthermore, the clips may cause panic, chaos or violence among citizens of Kenya contrary to Section 23 of the Computer Misuse and Cyber Crimes Act, 2008,” read part of the letter by the DPP.
Haji directed Mutyambai to undertake comprehensive investigations and submit back his report within a period of seven days.
“Pursuant to Article 157 (4) of the Constitution, you (IG) are hereby directed to undertake comprehensive investigations into the aforementioned video clips including publication and authenticity and sources thereto,” the DPP stated.
In the clips, the DP alleged that there were officials from the Office of the President who he claimed were meeting with chiefs at night to scheme violence in the upcoming polls.
Ruto alleged that the officials were asking the chiefs to look for people in every polling station to cause chaos during the election.
He was speaking at a rally in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.