Jubilee MP criticizes calls to give NCIC powers to prosecute hate speech offenders.
20 June 2016, 20:04
Nairobi - Gilgil MP Nderitu Mathenge has criticized calls for amendment of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Act to give the commission powers to prosecute hate speech offenders and also vet candidates for various political seats.
The legislator said the commission should instead use current laws and work closely with relevant bodies in order to carry out its mandate effectively.
Mathenge though acknowledged the commission has been a ‘toothless dog’; he challenged the commission to show what they have achieved so far before demanding for more powers.
“NCIC should first secure their witnesses and facilitate them during the cases. We need also to empower the office of Director of Public Prosecution.” Mathenge said.
Speaking at Glorious Restoration Church in Gilgil on Sunday, the MP said NCIC led by Francis Ole Kaparo should request for more funding through parliament in bid to help it facilitate witnesses.
He pointed that Ethics Anti Corruption Commission (EACC), National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) have been demanding prosecutorial powers but that will not be tenable because it will be replicating the judiciary mandate.
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