National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale now wants Kitui governor Charity Ngilu arrested and prosecuted for inciting her community against Somali herders.
Duale called on Inspector General of police Hillary Mutyambai to move with speed to arrest Ngilu and any other leader inciting their communities against each other.
In a video that went viral last week, Ngilu is heard threatening to arm the residents to fight off Somali camel herders grazing in Kitui County.
Speaking in Sankuri, Balambala constituency today, Duale said the utterances by leaders from both communities have not only heightened the situation but threatened to worsen the relationship between the two communities.
Duale wondered why Ngilu is still moving around freely a week after she made the reckless utterances.
“Before we start investigating leaders and any other person behind the incitement that resulted in loss of lives, the DPP, DCI together with the IG should start with governor Ngilu,” Duale said.
“Unfortunately, a leader of Ngilu’s calibre can make such far-reaching comments knowing very well that the two communities have co-existed for decades, it is uncalled for. I blame her for the current situation and she must be held personally responsible,” he added.
Last week, the IG together with the DPP Noordin Haji and Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti toured Enyali in Kitui County where they promised to take stern action against inciters.
The three directed that investigation be carried out to establish if there were people who may have incited the two communities against each other.
Lawmakers from Northern Kenya have also called for the arrest of Governor Ngilu.
Speaking to the press at Parliament buildings on Wednesday last week, political leaders from Northern Kenya led by Eldas MP Aden Keynan warned that failure to arrest Ngilu could compromise security.
“If we are truly governed by the rule of law, then Charity Ngilu must be arrested by the Government of Kenya. We are asking the security agencies to arrest her and let her face the consequences for her utterances,” Keynan said.
Ngilu has maintained her stand despite the pressure insisting that the herders must move out of her county. She said their continual presence was causing more suffering to the locals.