DPP Tobiko orders police to probe Mombasa businessman's ‘vote theft’ talk

Mr Tobiko says the words uttered amounted to a criminal offence under the elections and criminal laws.

Thursday January 7 2016

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko in court on January 6, 2016. He instructed the police to investigate Mombasa businessman Suleiman Shahbal for allegedly making inflammatory comments in Kilifi last weekend. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko in court on January 6, 2016. He instructed the police to investigate Mombasa businessman Suleiman Shahbal for allegedly making inflammatory comments in Kilifi last weekend. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko on Wednesday instructed the police to investigate Mombasa businessman Suleiman Shahbal for allegedly making inflammatory statements in Kilifi last weekend.

The businessman had in the presence of deputy President William Ruto said that Jubilee Party would win the 2017 General Election by force or “by buying or stealing votes.”

A video clip showing Mr Shahbal, who is eyeing the Mombasa governor’s seat, speaking in Kiswahili at a meeting in Pwani University last Saturday has gone viral on social media.

Mr Shahbal had lost the Mombasa gubernatorial seat in 2013 to Ali Hassan Joho and has recently joined the Jubilee Party after defecting from Wiper.

According to Mr Tobiko, the words uttered amounted to a criminal offence under the elections and criminal laws.

“My attention has been drawn to a video clip posted on the website of the Star, Kenya, in which the above mentioned person is captured uttering words that may amount to criminal offences under our elections and criminal laws,” Mr Tobiko said.

In a letter copied to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Issack Hassan, Mr Tobiko directed the police to interrogate Mr Shahbal and conduct speedy investigations into the utterances.

Mr Shahbal was widely criticised especially by the Cord supporters. Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi warned that Cord would seek legal redress.

On Wednesday, IEBC Chairperson Ahmed Issack Hassan condemned the utterances, saying such remarks stoked political strife, polarised the country and undermined national values as espoused in the Constitution.

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