10 January 2019

Kenya: Police Hunt for Twitter User Over Threats of Clashes in 2022 Polls

Police have launched a man hunt for a Twitter user who threatened ethnic clashes should his preferred presidential contender miss out on the top seat in the 2022 general election.

The user threatened a repeat of the bloodbath witnessed in the country in the wake of the 2007 general elections. The tweet has since gone viral

In a response on Wednesday, police said they are aware of tweet and have launched investigation in collaboration with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIS) .

Our attention has been drawn to some Tweets supposedly issued by a named individual issuing threats to ingnite inter-ethinc clashes akin to what occured in 2007/8 in parts of the country. 1/2

- National Police Service-Kenya (@NPSOfficial_KE) January 10, 2019

Let it be known to all that we are taking these threats as a serious matter, and that we are working with the NCIC with a view to dealing with the persons involved in accordance with the law. 2/2

-- National Police Service-Kenya (@NPSOfficial_KE) January 10, 2019

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Supporters of Kibaki's opponent, Raila Odinga, alleged electrical manipulation with an after math that left more than 1,100 dead.

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