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NCIC calls for arrest of Jacaranda goons

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) chairperson Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia has condemned the violence twitnessed during the Kenya Kwanza Alliance rally in Nairobi.

In a statement, Rev Kobia told the public the commission is currently investigating the matter and those who took part in organizing and executing violence will be arrested.

“As a commission mandated to facilitate peaceful coexistence, we have launched investigations, and will shortly arrest those who were involved in organizing and executing the violence,” Kobia said.

The commission has also put politicians accused of marshalling youth to mete out violence on notice.

“As a country and as the NCIC, we remain committed to achieving political decency in the 2022 general elections. We shall not tolerate the political thuggery exhibited at Jacaranda Grounds yesterday.”

This comes as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) urged the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to investigate and charge perpetrators of violence witnessed at a political rally attended by Deputy President William Ruto in Nairobi on Sunday.

“The Commission urges the ODPP to cause investigation and prosecution of those responsible for acts of violence witnessed at Jacaranda in contravention of the Code,” said IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati.

Scores of Kenyans were injured, including aspiring Embakasi East lawmaker Francis Mureithi as violence broke out during the rally at the Jacaranda grounds attended by among others Deputy President William Ruto.

Ruto has blamed Raila Odinga, his main political rival, of orchestrating the violence a claim Odinga has denied.

Chebukati says the IEBC does not have the constitutional right to probe such electoral-related offences.