Kakamega County Senator Bonny Khalwale has been summoned by the partisan hatespeech commission headed by former URP party chairman Francis Ole Kaparo to explain statements he made during the funeral service of Fidel Odinga in Bondo.
Khalwale, while eulogising Fidel, called on the government to treat all communities fairly in its employment policies, not just Kikuyus and Kalenjins, which a recent public service board survey found had occupied almost half of all government jobs.
The outspoken senator reminded the government that his own community – the Luhya – were tired of being ‘watchmen’ as lucrative jobs go to only two communities.
The summoning of Hon. Khalwale comes only weeks after the same commission pardoned serial ethnic hater Moses Kuria of TNA party, claiming it will pursue ‘conciliation’. It is only public outcry which made it rescind its decision.
Khalwale was required to appear before the commission today but promised not to attend, asking the commission to concentrate on real issues in attempts to create a cohesive country.
â€œI will not appear. I want to be categorical that I will not be intimidated by this government of Uhuru Kenyatta which is working very hard to silence its critics.â€Â Dr Khalwale has sharply criticised the government over skewed appointments he has insisted favoured only two communities.
NCIC has increasingly targeted opposition politicians and bloggers for hate speech prosecution while at the same time maintaining studious silence on ethnic favouritism by the Uhuru regime which is the main cause of inter-ethnic tensions.
Critics accuse the commission of being a political tool to silence regime critics and maintain a narrow spectrum of debate which allows the government, despite its obvious ethnic insensitivities, to continue loading it on other communities.