Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i has given an assurance that the state is not keen on shutting down social media or interfering with its use.
Speaking during the launch of the National Cohesion and Integrity Commission (NCIC) Strategic Plan, the Interior CS however warned that authorities will be at hand to take action against those who may undermine peace efforts.
“From the security sector, we undertake to protect the freedoms and rights of the people, but won’t hesitate to enforce responsibility and accountability before, during and after the elections.” He said
“Kenya’s social media will not be shut down over hate speech. However, we will be very ruthless when it comes to those who interfere with others freedoms,” the CS added
According to a tough-talking Matiang’i, Kenya had come a long way and the that the current administration remains assured and is law abiding.
While vowing to protect the rights and freedoms of every citizen, the CS called for individual responsibility in order to enhance promotion of peace in the country.
Appreciating the position and influence in society, Matiang’i called on local vernacular stations not to fall into temptation to advance hate content. He warned that those who will be found to have crossed this line will face dire consequences.
He prescribed a change of attitude and urged Kenyans to actively and meaningfully participate in the upcoming general elections as a civic duty and responsibility to the nation.
During the launch of the Stategic Plan 2020-2025 Wednesday, NCIC spoke of the need to consolidate peace efforts from all stakeholders ahead of next year’s general elections.
The Stategic Plan is also geared towards ensuring peaceful elections, and among the intended actions is the invocation of Chapter 6 of the Constitution and NCI ACT 2008 to bar perpetrators of hate speech and negative ethnicity from running for elective posts.
“The plan we are launching is based on intensive introspection and analysis. We have determined what and how the Commission inputs on Kenya’s search for a just, peaceful, participatory and cohesive society living in ethnically, racially and religiously diverse context,” said NCIC Chairman Samuel Kobia.