22 December 2012

Kenya: Tensions As Hate Leaflets Are Found in Kakamega Town

Police in Kakamega are searching for the source of leaflets circulated in the town warning members of a certain community to leave. The leaflets warned members of the community to leave the area in five days or they will face unspecified consequences.

Kakamega police chief Charles Kinyua said similar leaflets, which were found yesterday, had also been circulated in Vihiga. Kinyua said the hate messages are meant to create unnecessary tension among communities living in the town, adding that police were in full control of the situation.

"We are optimistic that we are going to net these hate-mongers. We want to assure the general public that everything is in control and people should go about their businesses as usual," he said.

Religious leaders condemned those circulating the leaflets and appealed to the residents to help the police in their investigations. They urged Kenyans to shun people who are out to cause chaos. Kinyua said an emergency district security committee meeting will be held.

He told the residents to continue with their work as usual as security will be beefed up. He warned those behind the leaflets to stop issuing hate messages. The police said Kenyans have learnt lessons from the 2007/2008 post-election and want peace at all costs.

"We learnt hard lessons from the post-election violence in the last general election and we cannot allow a few malice-driven people to take us back to the dark days. All Kenyans need to embrace each," he advised. Kinyua said those responsible for the Kakamega leaflets will face the full force of the law.

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