NCIC orders arrest of politicians propagating hate-speech

By Kennedy Epalat

Following public criticism over alleged failure to curb hate speech, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has now cracked the whip on hate-mongers throughout the country by ordering the arrest of politicians propagating hate-speech.

KBC is reliably informed that among politicians being sought for questioning over incitement are Mt. Elgon MP John Serut and his former ally-turned political nemesis and former MP Fredrick Chesebe Kapondi.

Addressing a press conference at the NCIC headquarters here in Nairobi, the Commission’s Chairperson Francis Ole Kaparo said his Commission will act without fear or favor so that the country does not slide back to violence as was witnessed in 2007.

On the social media, Kaparo disclosed that NCIC has identified 176 social media accounts of most common perpetrators of hate speech.

The former Speaker said 12 national and 36 county-based Facebook groups are being monitored closely. He named 13 notorious national and county-based Facebook accounts.

Uasin Gishu County Forum is listed as among the most notorious facebook groups for hate speech

Kaparo also warned a section of vernacular radio stations against polarizing the nation in their broadcasts ahead of the August 8th general election.

  

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