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CORD to sue NCIC, DPP and IG for bias in dealing with hate speech

04 November 2015, 09:28 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – A section of ODM legislators have accused investigative agencies dealing with hate speech of bias in prosecuting the cases and threatened to sue them.

ODM Secretary General Ababu Namwamba, Millie Odhiambo (Mbita), Silvance Osele (Kabondo Kasipul) and Dan Maanzo (Makueni) claimed that offices of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), and the Inspector General of Police were selectively and discriminatively dealing with culprits of hate utterances.

“The NCIC and other bodies dealing with hate speech have failed Kenyans. We want the rule of law to apply in equal measure for those involved in hate speech whether they are from the opposition or government side,” said Namwamba.

He pointed out that the agencies were dealing harshly with culprits of hate speech from the opposition as witnessed in George Aladwa's case, while those from the government side including the Kiambu Governor, William Kabogo are softly dealt with.

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“We are going to going to sue the NCIC, DPP and the Police if they continue with discrimination in dealing with perpetrators of hate speech.  We ask the Judiciary to be firm and decisive in dealing with hate speech,” said Namwamba.

Namwamba, who is also the Budalang’i MP said Governor Kabogo’s offensive utterances in attacking the opposition leaders was “a red herring” to distract Kenyans from questioning real issues affecting the nation’s economy.

“We strongly rebuke our colleagues making hate utterances. We will be out there preaching peace and cohesion. Unless we stop these war drums of hate utterances, we are preparing this country for disaster ahead of 2017 elections,” warned Namwamba.

Millie Odhiambo also warned political leaders against propagating hate speech that would amount to ethnic divisions and violence.

“There is growing hate speech in country from leaders and are unaware of what the country went through in 2007/8 post-election violence,” warned Odhiambo.

They were addressing the press at Parliament Buildings.

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