The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has been blamed for the increase in cases of hate speech among politicians in the country.
With two MPs already charged in court in the last one week over hate speech, leaders and traders in Naivasha expressed their reservations over the performance of the commission.
They noted that the commission had become moribund and only acted based on reactions from members of the public.
Addressing the press in Naivasha, Ndegwa Nguthiru representing area traders said that there was an urgent need to tame the statements by politicians.
He noted that similar sentiments in 2007 led to the post election violence with Naivasha being one of the hardest hit towns.
“We are challenging the NCIC to wake up from its slumber and act on these politicians who are engaged in hate speech so that we can save the nation,” he said.
Flanked by traders, church and youths leaders, Nguthiru at the same expressed their concern over the ongoing campaign against the poor and the rich.
He accused some leaders of engaging in the talk of seeking sympathy warning that this could lead to profiling of some people ahead of the coming general elections.
“We have already seen some senior politicians using the rich and poverty issue in the country in their campaigns and this is very wrong,” he said.
Nguthiru said that they fully supported the planned BBI as it would address the leadership crisis caused by previous regimes.
“For years the top leadership in this country has been shared between a few communities but through BBI this will be resolved,” he said.
He revisited the recent hate statement targeting the First Family noting that this was wrong and should be condemned by all people.
One of the women leaders Salome Wambui noted that women and children were the most affected whenever there was chaos.
She called on politicians to keep parents away from their disputes noting that ongoing hate speeches had the potential of causing chaos in the country.
“We are headed into the election period when all manner of hate speeches are released and it’s time that the necessary arms of government act,” she said.