We Must Socialise Hate Mongers with the Law

“We must socialise hate mongers with the law, and we are not stopping anytime soon; nobody will be spared in the fight against hate speech, as the country prepares for the 2017 General Elections.” This was the message from the NCIC Chairperson, Hon. Francis Ole Kaparo, while addressing the media after hosting the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr. Keriako Tobiko and the Director of Criminal Investigations, Mr. Ndegwa Muhoro, at his NCIC office. The three sectoral heads were meeting, consequent to having appeared before the Joint Committee of Parliament on Cohesion and Equal Opportunity, to brainstorm on the next steps of action in handling hate speech cases in Kenya.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Tobiko noted that politicians were the greatest threat in regard to hate speech and incitement, adding that 90 % of hate speech cases currently in the Courts involved politicians. On his part, DCI’s Mr. Muhoro cautioned politicians who spew hate speech, saying the country will not be pulled into conflict by people advancing their own political interests. He reiterated that culpable individuals from either the political divide will suffer the same fate.

The three heads agreed on the need for the three institutions jointly plan for a major stakeholders forum to discuss the way forward in handling hate speech before reporting back to Parliament in two weeks.

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