Elections Kenya - Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his campaign team have complained about orders to block politicians from discussing the land question, one of the core subjects blamed for heightening tensions around elections.
The Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo warned against the land debate, saying it risked stoking tensions ahead of the 4 March elections.
Odinga, who has made the redistribution of land, a key resource on national development, a major item of his election campaign, said blocking debate on the management of land would amount to shielding leaders from public scrutiny.
The Chairman of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), Mzalendo Kibunjia, said on Tuesday that public debate over the possible repossession of idle land was an incitement that could stoke public tensions.
'There is no reason why any Kenyan should incite us on the basis of issues that can be addressed by the courts,' Kibunjia said, adding that issues touching on land and historical injustices should be purged off the campaign rhetoric.
Kenya's main political coalitions campaigning ahead of the elections have exchanged rhetoric over land in the past few weeks.
Odinga says illegally acquired land should be repossessed or redistributed to the landless.
However, the Party of National Unity (TNA), under deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, insists an investigation should be carried out to determine the ownership of land, including those owned by Odinga, whose firm acquired a molasses plant in the lakeside town of Kisumu in the 1990s.
Odinga's rivals have challenged the ownership of the land on which the plant lies.
'This is a clear intention to protect others,' Odinga charged. 'We are looking for a solution to a problem facing our country. There is no need to panic.'
TNA accuses Odinga of failing to entirely address the land issue although the ministry of land was headed by an ally of Odinga in the coalition government set up in 2008.