Hate-mongers to be locked out of August elections

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Key agencies have declared war on politicians who use hate speech to whip up support for their election.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), yesterday said there would be “no room for warmongers” in this year’s polls.

The authorities said they were pulling all stops to avoid a repeat of the electoral violence witnessed in 2007 and warned against use of foul language by politicians in their campaigns.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati and NCIC Chairperson Francis ole Kaparo said they were liaising with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Judiciary to block individuals with questionable integrity issues from polls.

This new war against inciters is no different from efforts that have been put in place in the previous polls, but no single politician has been blocked from running for an elective seat.

Politicians from Jubilee and National Super Alliance (NASA) have been charged with hate speech in the recent past.


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However, no convictions of high-profile individuals have been achieved over lack of enough evidence, raising queries whether these new efforts will live to the expectation of Kenyans.

Chapter Six of the Constitution bars leaders with integrity issues like corruption from running but as witnessed in the previous polls, some of the leaders pushed out of State jobs over corruption allegations have since been cleared by their various parties to run for political seats.

But speaking during an induction training for 206 hate monitors in Nairobi, Mr Chebukati said they were determined to ensure integrity among leaders who run for elective positions.

Mr Kaparo said they had formed a multi-agency team to deal with the matter, which he said was a great threat to the nation’s moral fabric.



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