The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: NCIC, IEBC Condemn Garissa Killings

The NCIC and IEBC have termed the ongoing terror attacks in parts of the country as major threats as election fever grips the nation. Commissioners from the two bodies expressed their concern over the attacks terming them as a new burden to the security officers in the country.

NCIC chairman Dr Mzalendo Kibunjia regretted the recent attacks in Garissa and called on Kenyans to be more vigilant. He challenged political parties to police their members against hate speech as the country gears towards the general elections.

Kibunjia was addressing the press at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha during a meeting aimed at sensitizing political parties' leaders to employ election campaign strategies devoid of hate speech. The Meeting was attended by IEBC commissioners, National Vision Party leader Nicholas Biwott, UDM secretary general Martin Kamwaro and Kalembe Ndile. "As a commission we are concern with the terror attacks as we head to the elections and all Kenyans should be involved in guarding our country," Kibunjia said. "Hate speech is not that serious at the moment but we are watching and unlike other years anyone engaged in the vice will face the law," he said.

The meeting called for collaboration between political parties and the National Democratic Institute to creat a free, fair, objective and equal playing ground. for all political leaders. IEBC commissioner Muthoni Wangeci admitted that monitoring politicians against hate speech would be a major challenge. She was however confident that this could be done so that the country could have free, fair and peaceful elections.

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