By Rufus Hunja
Interior Cabinet Secretary Gen. (Rtd.) Joseph Nkaisserry has ordered a crackdown on hate mongers.
The Interior Cabinet Secretary directed Regional Coordinators and County Commissioners to with immediate effect, arrest anyone engaged in hate speech irrespective of his or her position or status in society.
Gen. Rtd. Nkaiserry has at the same time given the commanders the powers to arrest and prosecute those engaged in hate speech, this even as the National Cohesion and Integration Commission is charged with the powers to investigate incidents of hate mongering.
Nkaiserry who was accompanied by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and the Director of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Ndegwa Muhoro said it is an odd time in which hate must not be propagated among the public at all costs given the general election is slated for next year.
Nkaiserry has at the same time reinstated all chiefs and their assistants who were interdicted during the crackdown on illicit brews countrywide.
Saying the government had decided to give the chiefs and assistant chiefs amnesty but warned that those found engaging in the trade will be prosecuted.
Nkaisserry dismissed claims that the Government is was withholding national Identity cards in some regions saying Kenyans must follow the right procedure to acquire identification papers.
Nkaisserry said the government has given priority to stem the tide in the rise in cases of radicalization and terrorism and urged the County security bosses to lead the fight.
Nkaiserry made the remarks at the very first meeting of the National Government and County security committees that brought together the eight regional coordinators their respective County Commissioners.
The meeting had a brainstorming meeting on security challenges across the Country.
“Anyone engaged in hate speech or inciting the public along ethnic lines must be brought to book,” said Nkaiserry.
Nkaiserry called for co-ordination among counties in the fight against terrorism and radicalization, warning the county security officers that they risk being sacked if they do not delivery on their mandate.
The CS said he would be convening a meeting between the local taxi operators and the new entrant to the taxi business, Uber Taxis to help iron out the turf wars that have lately caused disharmony among the operators.