Homa Bay County Woman Representative Gladys Wanga has announced that she has sought the help of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) after an audio recording went viral on social media.
In a statement on Thursday, January 6, Wanga revealed that she had filed a report at the DCI headquarters after she stated that the audio had ruined her image.
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She accused a section of politicians of using innocent members of the public to spread violence against supporters of her opposition using the audio.
Wanga strongly assured that the people behind the audio will face the full force of the law as she continues to sell her ideas to the people of Homa Bay County.
“I have this morning made a report at DCI on a false audio recording doing rounds on social media in my name. Desperate politicians who have sensed defeat should not use innocent wananchi to propagate unintelligent propaganda that borders on a serious breach of security.
“The perpetrators and their masters will soon be brought to book. In the meantime, we will continue to sell our agenda of hope to the people of Homabay clearly and peacefully,” Wanga wrote.
Preparations for the 2022 general elections are in full swing, with campaigns expected to increase with just eight months to go. One of the most important tools that will be active during the August 9 polls will be the media, and as such, media houses will play one of the biggest roles in ensuring a peaceful general election period.
Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Fred Matiang’i on Sunday, October 24, 2021, stated that he is ready to use the Public Order Act on media outlets that will be used by politicians to spread tribalism, hate speech and political violence ahead of the elections.
The CS added that it is mandated to ensure peace, reconciliation and unity in the country and will not hesitate to go the whole way to prevent political unrest during the polling exercise.
Matiang’i further explained that he would be going to the maximum to protect the best interests of the country. His ICT counterpart Joe Mucheru, also present in the ceremony, raised concerns about how credible the news that streams in on people’s phones are.
“We are living in a time of a lot of darkness, a time where you see news on your phone and ask if it is true or fake,” Mucheru commented.
Matiang’i also used the event to condemn the rising cases of political violence in the country, noting that anyone found guilty would face the full force of the law.
He added that any politician was free to carry out campaigns anywhere in the country, provided that differences in opinion should not be a reason to cause instability.
He further directed the police to act firmly against any incidence of intolerance and political misconduct and that the officers should not favour anyone in enforcing the law.
“No one is allowed to disrupt meetings, we will arrest you and take you to court. Kenyans are now clever they can make a choice on their own,” he said.