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Jubilee man in trouble for inflammatory election remark

January 7th, 2016 1 min read


The Director of Public Prosecutions on Wednesday ordered investigations into alleged inciting remarks attributed to a Mombasa politician.

The said politician, Sulieman Shahbal, while addressing a political rally in Kilifi at the weekend, reportedly declared that the newly formed Jubilee Party – which President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have hinted they will use for reelection – will win the 2017 general elections “by all means”.

Shahbal was captured on camera saying: “This time round, I am telling you, we will win the 2017 election by force. We will steal, we will buy… whatever it will be.”


These remarks were reportedly made in the presence of Mr Ruto and a mammoth crowd, part of which burst into laughter in reaction.

The comments have since elicited angry reactions on social media and three days later, the DPP has stepped in.

In a letter dated January 6th, that is addressed to the Director of Criminal Investigations, the DPP Keriako Tobiko wrote: “This is therefore to direct you cause the said person to be immediately interrogated and speedy investigations conducted into the offensive utterances.”

Shahbal now joins a growing list of politicians – amongst them Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and former Nairobi Mayor George Aladwa – facing investigations and charges over offensive remarks.