29 January 2013

Kenya: NCIC Investigating Hate Speech in Social Media

Photo: © Julius Mwelu/IRIN
Youth carry crude weapons ready to fight during 2008 election violence (file photo).

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission has said it is investigating three cases of hate speech in the social media. NCIC chairman Mzalendo Kibunjia said three files, including one of a pilot with a leading airline, will be forwarded to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Kibunjia said the commission is checking the social media platforms for hate messages. He warned those propagating hate messages that they will be caught.

"We are working in collaboration with mobile service providers and the CCK. Hate mongers will have their day in court once they are arrested," he said.

Kibunjia was speaking yesterday at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha when he opened a two day workshop for the commission's goodwill ambassadors on peaceful elections.

However, he said TNA's complaints against Trade minister Moses Wetangula's remarks on Uhuru Kenyatta is not among the three cases.He said the commission is yet to receive a formal complaint from Uhuru.

Kibunjia said the commission has made great strides towards achieving cohesion in the country and alluded confidence that the March 4 elections will be peaceful.

He said Treasury has released Sh60 million which will be used by elders in all the counties to promote peace ahead of the elections.

"The resources are sufficient even if there will be a presidential run off. The elders are expected to play a critical role alongside the goodwill ambassadors in promoting cohesion," he said.

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