NCIC investigating Raila Odinga and 3 others over hatespeech

The chairman of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Francis ole Kaparo. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi,KENYA:NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga is among among 273 individuals being investigated by the National cohesion and integration commission over hate speech remarks.

Raila Odinga is being investigated alongside 3 other politicians who include Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, Member of parliament for Embakasi East  Babu Owino, and Mbita Mp Millie Adhiambo .

In a press briefing on Friday in Nairobi,NCIC Chairman Francis Ole kaparao  said that, investigations  were underway and  professional translators of native language would  give their findings after listening to the clips forwarded to them in due course.

“We are still investigating the Moses Kuria  case and we cannot as per now determine if at all it was incitement or not because he said them in his native language which I don’t understand.” Said Kaparo.

The NASA flagbearer, Babu Owino and the Mbita member of parliament were being investigated over remarks they made at a rally in Kajiado county a few months ago that were alleged to have encouraged non locals to vacate the  area

Hatemongers hiding in social media

The chair who was furious at a section of Kenyans on social media who he said were taking advantage of freedom of expression by uttering words that are regarded as hate speech.

“As a result we are closely investigating a total of 273 individual cases of hate mongers, groups and pages across the social media platforms.” Alluded Kaparo.

The former speaker issued a warned to those propagating fake news and pictures in social media, saying their days are numbered and soon will face the full force of law.

Kaparo’s remarks comes a few days after the Gatundu South Member of parliament Moses  Kuria was quoted saying that were conducting a manhunt of those who failed to vote for Uhuru Kenyatta  and the 70,000 voters that voted for opposition leader Raila Odinga in Kiambu county during the August 8th polls during a rally in Kiambu county.

Kuria’s words drew sharp criticism among a section of  Kenyans who  termed them as incitement