Almost all Kenyans engaged in hate speech - NCIC
14 June 2016, 15:14
Nairobi - Almost all Kenyans are engaging in hate speech, a National Commission on Integration and Cohesion (NCIC) commissioner has said.
While speaking to a local TV on Monday, Linda Ochiel said social media has made it easier for people to publish and share messages which provoke ethnic animosity.
She said that by transferring the message from one platform to another translates to spreading hate speech which she said almost every Kenyan has done.
"Actually, the main perpetrators of hate speech are found on social media," she said.
"It's only by virtue of positions politicians hold or large following they have that their cases get to be publicised," she added.
Ochiel emphasised that hate speech is not limited to utterances but extends to publication and distribution of anything that stirs feeling of hatred among communities and people.
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She said they have so far processed 900 cases of which 20 have been prosecuted.
"We work in a tripartite arrangement. We engage the Criminal Investigations Department and Office of Director of Prosecutions, the only institution mandated with prosecuting criminals. They also work with courts and these institutions have to work together to address hate speech matters," she said.
Her appeal to Kenyans was that they exercise self-regulation and monitoring as well as share information on hate speech with NCIC for action.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria is among politicians accused of repeatedly engaging in hate mongering. He at one point asked his constituents to slash those who opposed National Youth Service (NYS) developments and recently said Opposition leader Raila Odinga should be assassinated for being a nuisance.
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