Group administrators for social media platforms have been put on notice for any hate messages allowed in their forums ahead of the August 8 polls.
The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Chair Francis Ole Kaparo disclosed they had identified at least 21 WhatsApp groups that have been propagating hate speech and will be dealt with accordingly.
He said the commission has launched a major operation on social media platforms.
“We are coming for you WhatsApp Admins liable for hate posts circulated in groups to monitor incitement lets all be careful”, he warned.
Kaparo was speaking Monday during a stakeholders meeting on election preparedness.
The meeting brought together various institutions which included the security ministry, Judiciary, church and the Kenya private sector among others.
Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i said the government will deal firmly with anybody bent on breaking the law ahead of the general elections.
Matiang’i read the riot act to those propagating hate messages through social media warning that they risk being jailed.
His sentiments were shared by the Communication Authority of Kenya Director General Francis Wangusi who however clarified that the government had no intention of shutting down the internet during the electioneering period.
Chief Justice David Maraga used the forum to defend the Judiciary on any wrong doing or biasness in its rulings on election petitions.
The Kenya Private Sector Alliance has called for credible elections which is paramount for Kenya’s socio economic growth.
Mkenya Daima Chair Vimal Shah is urging the business community to take part in the peace pledge campaign aimed at maintaining investor confidence ahead of the August polls in a bid to quell jitters already being felt.
The aftermath of the post election violence in 2007/2008 left a trail of not only death but losses running into of millions of shillings that threatened to cripple the economy.
The tourism sector bore the brunt characterized by travel advisories from traditional source markets.
Owing to this, the business community has rolled out a peace campaign aimed at maintaining investor confidence ahead of the August polls.
The peace pledge campaign under the Mkenya Daima initiative brings together politicians, business leaders, and government officials.
The business community is urging institutions charged with regulating and monitoring the elections to ensure credibility and peace.
Shah further emphasized on the need to diversify the country’s investment portfolio so as to boost direct investments.
Additional information by Samson Kitavi and Regina Manyara