Kilifi County Women Held over Threats

Kilifi County women representative and Orange Democratic Movement aspirant for Malindi Parliamentary seat Aisha Jumwa has been summoned by Malindi DCIO to record statement following claims that she had threatened to kill her supporter.

Jumwa was alleged to have threatened to kill Ezra Bidii who was initially among her solid supporters but later decamped to her opponent’s camp and Jubilee candidate Philip Charo.

Speaking to the press in his office on Tuesday, DCIO Malindi Sub county Mr. Anthony Sunguti said Mr. Bidii had gone to record a statement that his life was in danger after ditching Ms. Jumwa’s camp.

Responding to the claims at the DCIO’s office after recording her statement Ms. Jumwa dismissed the allegations saying that Mr. Bidii has the right to support any aspirant of his choice without fear of intimidation saying, I cannot control his constitutional right, she stated.

It’s true Mr. Bidii was among my chief campaigners but we differed and he decided to change sides and I have no problem with that because it’s his right to support anybody he wants, Jumwa claimed.

This comes barely a day after over 50 strong supporters of Ms. Jumwa decamped to Jubilee’s aspirant for Malindi Member of Parliament, Philip Charo’s side because of what they termed as arrogance and disrespect by her to supporters.

At the same time, the DCIO warned politicians against spreading hatred messages during their political campaigns and instead preach peace to unite all residents regardless of their political patronage, saying it is a criminal offence for a politician to incite their supporters to violence.

The law is very clear on hate speech and those found will be arrested and taken to court regardless of their political ladder, warned Mr. Sunguti.

Mr. Sunguti was speaking shortly after summoning Kilifi County woman representative and aspirant for Malindi Parliamentary seat Ms. Aisha Jumwa who is allegedly to have threatened the life of one of his solid campaigner who changed sides to join her contenders.

He warned politicians against dividing the people and creating animosity among supporters of different aspirants saying such actions were likely to cause violence and they would not be tolerated at all.

Source: Kenya News Agency