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Kaparo raises red flag over increasing hate utterances

05 November 2015, 11:01 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) chairman, Francis Ole Kaparo says the upsurge in hate utterances by politicians is worrying because it is capable of causing a lot of trouble in the country.

“Hate speech has become the order of the day and this is too worrying,” Kaparo said.

According to Kaparo, the commission is effectively carrying out its duties and should not be blamed for the increasing hate utterances by politicians in Kenya.

“This year alone, we have sent 10 individuals to court over hate speech but no judgment has ever been made. I see no reason as to why a case of hate speech should remain in court undetermined for five or six years,” Kaparo said.

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He decried under-staffing at the commission, saying at the moment there are only three investigators across the country.

He also cautioned that hate speech has become a dangerous malady to our national life and should be quickly dealt with before it takes root.

“We have now noticed that hate speech and incitement are on the increase therefore we must pull our resources together and concentrate on the two to ensure that the perpetrators are taken to their place,” Kaparo said.

He maintained that NCIC continues to carry out its duties to tame hate speech without any political interference, because its aim is to see a united country.

“I’ll go for all hate mongers without caring their political affiliations. I really relish reconciling communities and I don’t relish imprisoning people but if they must be imprisoned, so be it. We must look at hate mongers with a cold eye, and we will begin to do that,” Kaparo stated.

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