Detectives in Mombasa are looking for two administrators of a popular WhatsApp group over claims of hate speech.
The two are being sought for posting a message warning members of a particular community that they will be butchered.
“Sikukuu ya Eid al-Adha, tutaingia nyumba mpaka nyumba tuwachinje..tumechoka kuvumilia sasa miaka hamsini.”
(During Eid al-Adha on September 2, we will go house to house…It is now 50 years. We are tired), the message reads in part.
The suspects are said to have gone into hiding and have changed their contacts including their residences.
The alarming post, which has gone viral, is said to have originated from a member of the Sauti Ya Vijana WhatsApp group in Likoni.
The entire content of the said message cannot be published for security reasons.
Impeccable police sources said the Cybercrime Unit has seized of the matter adding that those spreading the information will also be arrested.
“This is a very serious issue. Our preliminary investigations indicate that the manner is politically sponsored,” the officer said on Monday.
Likoni police boss Benjamin Rotich said those involved will be prosecuted once the team handling the case concludes investigations.
“We can’t take it for granted. We will get to the bottom of the matter,” he said.
This came after a WhatsApp admin was arrested by Kajiado police for spreading fake news.
Longton Jamil, admin Kajiado Unity of Purpose WhatsApp group, was nabbed in Kitengela at the weekend.
He allegedly sent inappropriate messages through the group.
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