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Leaders want NCIC devolved

16 July 2015, 12:05 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Religious leaders in Vihiga County want the National Cohesion and Integration Commission devolved to effectively deal with perpetrators of hate speech.

Led by head of African Divine Church Archbishop John Chabuga, the leaders said the Commission should set up offices in counties to adequately monitor leaders threatening peaceful coexistence through incitement and hate speeches.

They added that the commission should also employ more staff and post them to the regions to deliver on the mandate of the Organisation.

"The Commission is not effective in its work because they don't have the muscles to monitor and bring to book those who propagate hate speech," said Chabuga.

He added: "They cannot be effective if they continue to operate from Nairobi. They should move out because those who preach hate speech do it in villages."

National Council of Churches in Kenya western Kenya chapter chairperson, Manoah Khaguli pointed out that the Commission was relying on the Media to deal with those who use public meetings to propagate hate speech.

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He added that such a move would not be effective because in the end, suspects go scot free due to lack of evidence.

"Officers from the Commission should be spread all over the counties to closely monitor leaders and other individuals during public meetings and only use Media reports and clips as a backup evidence when dealing with those engaged in preaching hate speech," said Khaguli.

He added that the Commission's chairman, Francis Ole Kaparo should be aggressive and push for the empowerment of the organisations to be able to effectively discharge its duties.

The clergy said they support the work done by the Commission but are not satisfied with its performance.

They added that the Commission has a critical role to play in ensuring national cohesion is achieved and Kenyans live in harmony.

Chabuga noted that the Commission should guard against politicians infiltrating it for their own selfish gains.

They asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to support the Commission to enable it to work effectively.

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