The Star (Nairobi)

20 June 2014

Kenya: Police Launch Investigations Into Hate Messages On Social Media

POLICE have launched investigations on suspects said to be spreading hate messages through social media and SMS. Coast acting deputy commander Robert Kitur said the hate messages touch on the recent Mpeketoni killings.

He warned that the messages could result in chaos if not checked. Kitur was speaking to the Star on the phone yesterday. He said police are hunting for the suspects said to be in Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu and other major towns in the country.

Kitur said the security department will not sit and watch as few individuals incite violence.

"There are people especially from Nairobi and other major towns who have taken it upon themselves to scare away citizens by spreading hate and fearful SMS's especially concerning tribe, politics and religion. They have been doing this since Sunday's attack in Mpeketoni.They shall face the law," he said.

Kitur said several gunshots heard in Mokowe area on Wednesday evening were meant to create fear amongst residents.

"One shot was fired from an unknown destination but the other three shots were from our officers' response. We believe thi was a scheme by the inciters to cause panic amongst residents," he said.

There was tension in the town yesterday after gunshots were heard in the air about 100 meters from the town, something that made residents scamper and shut themselves in their houses.

"Mokowe town and the entire Lamu County are now okay. Our officers are on call full time so there is no need for any one to worry," he said.

Kitur residents should be aware of individual who want to precipitate this whole issue with an intention of instilling unnecessary fear and tension.

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