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“Investigate Raila over ‘Vijana fire’ phrase,” Alfred Mutua tells NCIC

Machakos governor Alfred Mutua has compelled the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to probe Azimio leader Raila Odinga’s phrase ‘Vijana Fire’.

In a statement on Thursday,21st July Mutua said the phrase can be used to incite violence among youths during the August polls.

“When a leader tells hungry, jobless, suffering and easy to manipulate youth, “Vijana Fire”, what is the message he is sending them? You only fire after taking aim and then pressing the trigger to shoot a fellow Kenyan,” Mutua tweeted.

The Kenya Kwanza politician reiterated that leaders ought to refrain from making utterances and actions that may send signals of incitement and violence.

“We call upon NCIC to investigate Hon. Raila Odinga and Azimio for incitement to violence,” he said.

“Election violence starts with such utterances and programming. As the saying goes in Swahili, ‘Ukiona vyaelea, jua vyaundwa.’ Telling youth fire is incitement and tantamount to hate speech and priming youth to violence,”

This is after Raila featured in a song ‘Fire’ with Mathare member of parliament aspirant Kevin Bahati.

Raila has popularised the ‘Vijana Fire’ slogan in his campaigns to woo youths in voting for him in the coming August polls.

This comes a week after the High Court quashed a decision by the NCIC that declared the popular sheng phrase “hatupangwingwi” and “watajua hawajui” as hate terms.


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