Cases of youth radicalization in universities on the rise- NCIC raises alarm
The Commission has noted with concern the high rate of youth being radicalised in higher learning institutions. “The rate at which young people in universities and colleges are joining radicalised groups is worrying, as it puts the country’s future in jeopardy,” said NCIC CEO, Mr. Hassan.
He was speaking at the official opening ceremony of the National Conference on Countering Violent Extremism, Anti-Radicalisation and Peaceful Election hosted on 21st September, 2016 at the Jaramogi Odinga University, Bondo.
Mr. Hassan also noted the high levels of negative ethnicity peddled in social media platforms as the greatest barriers to the fight against negative ethnicity and hate speech in the country. “We are aware of the hate spewed via social media and I must confidently say that curbing the misuse of the platforms remains the top priority for the Commission as the country prepares for the 2017 General Elections,” He said. He stated that despite the Constitution provisions that guarantee freedom of expression, the same bars individuals from spreading hate messages. Mr. Hassan reported that a Commissions’ study conducted in 2014 on social cohesion index reveals that the highest perpetrators of ethnic hatred and tribalism on social media platforms are individuals with high levels of education.
The two-day conference was attended by Siaya County Deputy Governor Ouma Onyango who discouraged the young people from engaging in acts of violence and embracing extremist ideologies, for the sake of Kenya’s prosperity.
At least 200 youth and university students drawn from 69 institutions of higher learning and youth leaders from the 47 counties were in attendance.