The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has challenged the political class to promote peaceful co-existence in the country.
NCIC Chair Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia says the Commission is deeply concerned over the rising political temperatures in the country.
“What we are witnessing today is a likely precursor of violent conflicts that would lead to loss of lives, destruction of property and displacement of people such as witnessed during the 2007/2008 post-election violence,” Kobia observed.
Kobia says the country is becoming increasingly polarized as politicians mobilize their supporters against each other two years ahead of the forthcoming general election.
The commission is urging the political class to desist from uttering statements that provoke hate, ethnic division and other unlawful behaviour amid concerns that they could fan tribal hate.
Kobia however says that all Kenyans have the right to move from one county to another and to hold political gatherings provided the police are legally notified.
“It is wrong and unconstitutional to prohibit people from moving around or meeting, these are liberties guaranteed in our Constitution,” he quipped.
The NCIC chair at the same time called on all government institutions and independent commissions to remain non- partisan while discharging their mandate.
The call coming just days after two people died while several others were injured when chaos broke out in Kenol, Murang’a after youths clashed ahead of Deputy President William Ruto’s visit.
The Tanga Tanga and Kieleweke youths clashed at Kenol on the Thika-Murang’a highway on Sunday morning.
The Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai has since ordered investigations into the chaos.