NCIC begins training of peace ambassadors to monitor hate speech ahead of...

NCIC begins training of peace ambassadors to monitor hate speech ahead of 2017

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Morris Dzoro, a commissioner with National Cohesion and Integration Commission. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Lamu, KENYA: The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has begun training more than 100 peace monitors and police CIDs to help nab and charge politicians who try to incite the public.

The peace monitors will then be posted to all the 47 counties in a move aimed at gathering sufficient evidence to sustain legal action against those who will be found spreading inciting messages as 2017 campaigns approaches.

The officers will be equipped with special gadgets to monitor and record hate speeches from Kenyans, particularly politicians who are up to divide Kenyans as the elections draw closer.

Speaking in Lamu on Saturday,NCIC commissioner Morris Dzoro said the programme will also include arrests of individuals who shall be found wearing clothes with inciting printed words or messages.

Dzoro said the commission is committed to play a part in ensuring there is sanity ahead of the general election both among politicians and the general public.

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He said the NCIC had received numerous reports of politicians who are already inciting communities and that the complaints had been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko.

“Through the creation of the peace ambassadors initiative, we expect to drill some sanity into politicians who are fond of inciting people just to win votes,”said Dzoro.

In his recent visit to Lamu,Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa also directed police to closely monitor the activities and utterances of local politicians since he had received numerous complaints that some politicians were turning communities against each other ahead of 2017.