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ODM: Vernacular radio stations fanning ethinic hatred, divisions

20 April 2016, 09:04 Jackson Okata

Nairobi - Vernacular radio stations in the country have been accused of fanning ethnic and tribal hatred and divisions ahead of the 2017 general elections.

ODM Nakuru branch chairman, Peter Ole Osono said the stations are openly taking political sides and campaigning for candidates from their ethnic groups.

He said that the trend is worrying because some of the stations are being used to demonize other tribes.

Speaking Tuesday at his office in Nakuru town, Osono said that vernacular radio stations will land the country in trouble if they are not tamed.

"Most of the vernacular radio stations in the country are being used as launching pads of attacks on candidates from other ethnic groups and this is a dangerous trend for the country because these stations are being used to polarise the country ahead of 2017. Something should be done to stop this," said Osono.

Osono added that all vernacular radio stations should be compelled to use the national and official Swahili and English languages as a way of uniting the country.

"The government should compel all these radio stations to use Swahili or English because that will stop them from taking political sides and demonizing other tribes," he said.

"If these stations are not monitored, they will land the country in bigger trouble than we witnessed in 2017," he added.

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