Opposition leader Raila Odinga has appealed to lawmakers against criminalizing the ‘hustler versus dynasties’ narrative.
In a statement Raila asked the legislators to allow DP William Ruto to continue with his slogan without being stopped.
“I would strongly appeal to MPs to drop any attempts to legislate against this otherwise deadly slogan,” Raila said. It is a dangerous slogan. It is scary in its similarity to Adolf Hitler’s national socialism referred to as Nazism,” he said.
Nazism was an ideology of the Nazi party which ruled Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945.
Raila said that Kenya fought for free speech and association.
“We should be able to allow Ruto and his team to continue with their chosen slogan without any inhibitions,” he said.
“Those of us who see its dangers should continue educating our people against falling for it. I have Faith that Kenyans will see through the divisive and potentially deadly rhetoric and its attacks on Kenyans and reject it in the ends.”
The National Security Committee was planning to outlaw DP Ruto’s hustler campaign slogan.
The Committee which is led by Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange is behind the National Cohesion and Integration (Amendment) Bill 2021.
The bill seeks to impose stringent measures against those who propagate the ”hustlers versus dynasties” narrative.
The proposed Bill states that anyone who incites Kenyans along the ”hustlers versus dynasties” split could be imprisoned for five years or pay a fine of Sh5 million.
“A person who has been dismissed or removed from office for contravention of sections 62(1) and 62A(1) is disqualified from holding any other State or Public Office,” the proposed Bill states.