Politicians uttering hate speech will be barred from 2017 polls, warns...

Politicians uttering hate speech will be barred from 2017 polls, warns KNHCR

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Nairobi, KENYA: Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has vehemently condemned instances where Jubilee and CORD politicians have allegedly uttered hate speech, warning that they risk being locked out in the 2017 polls.

In a media briefing in Nairobi ,KNHCR vice chair George Morara said that statements issued by Gatundu South legislator Mose Kuria is extremely detrimental to peace and tranquility of the country.

He also pointed out that reaction by CORD allied MPs in response to Kuria’s utterances is a dangerous path which must not be allowed to continue.

“We are particularly alarmed by a clip doing rounds on social media attributed by Hon Moses Kuria .As a commission we take seriously this hate speech by the leader.” Morara said.

“Kuria’s unguarded ,irresponsible and provocative utterances are a direct threat to national peace and cohesion.” Morara reiterated.

Morara said that the commission will keenly monitor actions and utterances by some leaders and take action by barring them to vie 2017 seats.

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“We will be making strong recommendations that leaders who offend the requirements of chapter six of the constitution should not be cleared to contest elective positions in the 2017 general election.” He said.