Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have arrested Mary Emaase, the member of Parliament for Teso South, on allegations that she engaged in remarks perceived to be hate speech.
A DCI officer familiar with the matter stated that the UDA MP is suspected of threatening TSC-employed teachers posted in her constituency, telling them they will not be allowed to report to their respective schools.
She also ordered the immediate hiring of teachers from her region, contrary to regulations the TSC relies on while posting teachers during recruitment.
The sleuths whisked away Emaase from her house in Nairobi and drove her to the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road for questioning.
Emaase is said to have provoked criticism by ordering that teaching positions in her county be given to residents.
Her detractors said that she violated the Constitution’s Article 27 (4), which calls for impartiality in government.
“No person shall be discriminated against based on gender, colour, religion, conscience, marital status, pregnancy, health status, ethnic or social origin, colour, age, disability, culture, dress language or birth,” the Article outlines.
Mary Emaase secured the Teso South seat in the August 2022 election under the UDA ticket defeating her worthy opponents, including Geoffrey Omuse, the incumbent at the time, former Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong, Millicent Ekasiba of Maendeleo Chap Chap, independent candidate Charles Omuse, and KANU’s Richard Ing’wali.
Emaase, the Vice-chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, returned to Parliament after being defeated in 2017 polls.
In March 2023, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) cautioned politicians against promoting hate speech during political gatherings or on social media platforms.
NCIC Commissioner Danvas Makori emphasized the use of monitoring tools to hold politicians and their proxies accountable, particularly in light of the last elections.