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Hate speech mongers could soon be denied bail : Persons accused of utterances that are deemed to be hateful could soon be denied the possibility of bail in the future if recommendations by various government agencies are adopted.

The Inspector General of Police, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI),the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) and the Registrar of Political Parties are some of the public offices which are uneasy with bail conditions spelled out to hatemongers which they term as ‘too lenient’.

The heads of the security agencies warned that such utterances by politicians could go out of hand especially with the 2017 General Elections scheduled to take place in almost a year’s time.

In a meeting with Cabinet Secretaries for Interior Joseph Nkaissery and his counterpart for Information and Communications Technology Joe Mucheru at the Parliament Buildings in Nairobi yesterday, the security chiefs warned that more needed to be done to ensure that hatemongers don’t get away with sayings that could plunge the country to violence.

Anger over Donald Trump gun rights remarks: Republican Donald Trump has sparked anger by appearing to suggest his supporters could stop his rival Hillary Clinton by exercising their gun rights.

He said that Mrs Clinton would put liberal justices on the Supreme Court if she wins the presidency in November, threatening gun ownership rights.

Speaking at a rally in North Carolina, Mr Trump hinted that gun rights advocates could stop her taking power.

That sparked an online backlash, many accusing him of inciting violence.

But his campaign team said he was actually talking about getting gun rights supporters to the ballot box to enact change politically.

The remarks that sparked the firestorm were made at a rally in Wilmington on Tuesday afternoon.

Brazil Senate votes for Rousseff impeachment trial: The Brazilian Senate has voted to hold an impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff, who is accused of breaking the budget law.

The senate voted 59 to 21 in favour of going ahead with the trial against Ms Rousseff following a marathon debate that ended early on Wednesday.

The Senate suspended Ms Rousseff in May over alleged illegal accounting practices.

She says they were common practice under previous administrations.

The senate required a simple majority to decide on whether to try Ms Rousseff. A two-thirds majority is needed in the final vote following the trial, which is due in the week after the Olympics closing ceremony.

As the debate got under way on Tuesday, Supreme Court President Ricardo Lewandowski told senators that they were about to “exercise one of the most serious tasks under the constitution”.

 

 

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