The Kikuyu council of elders have called for immediate resignation of National Cohesion and Integration Commission boss for targeting Kikuyu community over hate speech.
The elders said they no longer have confidence in Mzalendo Kibunjia. They accused him of not conducting thorough investigation in the case concerning the three kikuyu folk musicians. The NCIC has accused the musicians of spreading hate speech through their songs.
Speaking yesterday in their headquarters in homeland hotel in Kasarani, the elders said the messages in the songs do not constitute hate speech adding that they are meant to inform and not incite. Wachira Kiago, the chairman of the elders said the commission is targetting the whole community through the musicians. He said Kibunjia misinterpreted the messades in the songs "there are cultural nuances of words used in the songs." "Enough is enough. We as Kikuyu did not fight for the independence of this country so that the law may is used against our community unnecessarily. We want the Kibunjia commission be dissolved as it adds no value," Kiago said.
Nakuru elders chairman Kimunya Kamana said when former vice chairman of the Kenya Commisison on Human Rights, Hassan Omar, publicly lashed out against the Kikuyu community and the President, they wrote to NCIC but nothing was done. "We are not stupid as we as a community we are being spited at and let Kibunjia know that we will not let this lying down. We will raise awareness and mobilise Kikuyu against imperialism," Kamana said. Former senior chief Kagecha said the NCIC should immediately change tack and stop targetting particular communities. 'We are inviting all Kenyans of goodwill and defenders of freedom of speech and expression and the NCIC to immediately desist from harassing Kikuyu community," Kagecha said.