Kenyan lawyers have called for the prosecution of groups fanning ethnic tension ahead of the March 4 elections.
The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) chairman Eric Mutua said the increased cases of ethnic conflicts were worrying and asked security organs to restore peace.
“The Elections Act, IEBC Act, NCIC Act and Penal Code provide punishment for arson, hate speech, causing pre-poll chaos and election offences,” Mutua said.
“Arsonists set ablaze several houses in Kuria East District within Migori County following alleged disputes between different clans over the weekend,” he added.
Mr Mutua said that arson was a criminal offence and the suspects would generate voter apathy if not charged in court.
“At least two people lost their lives following the inter-clan conflicts in Kuria. The suspects must be arraigned in Court,” Mutua said.
He said that conflicts experienced during the political parties nominations were affected by hate speech in some of the campaigns.
“It should not be perceived that pre and post-election chaos will always go unpunished. Courts must set precedents before the March 4 elections,” Mutua said.
Mr Mutua also said that the alleged case of mass purchase of pangas (machetes) at a Nakuru supermarket must be investigated and culprits prosecuted.
“The rule of law should reign supreme ahead of the much awaited General Election,” he said.