NCIC warns against hate-speech during BBI rallies

Politicians during the BBI rally in Mombasa PHOTO COURTESY

Politicians caught propagating hate speech during BBI rallies will be arrested and charged according to the law.

This is according to the National Cohesion and Integration Commission(NCIC).

 Speaking during the press conference in Nairobi, NCIC Chairperson Dr. Samuel Kobia said those entrusted with organizing delegate’s forums, rallies and selecting speakers must safeguard the integrity of the BBI context and also present forum agendas in good time.

He said the BBI aims at building the rich shared historical experience struggle for independence which entails that Kenyans work, live together and share resources equitably, as well as defend and sustain democracy and unity that the nation has nurtured for the last 57 years.

“Stakeholders should say what BBI entails, avoid distortions, point out gaps, make suggestions and additions to improve the report. ,” said Kobia

The Chairperson at the same time urged each public rally to endeavor to address issues and concerns of the respective region and not be used to advance personal or political interests.

   Kobia also urged adults to set positive and constructive norms and attitudes that the youth can emulate and internalize, saying that the move will consolidate Kenyans unity as one strong cohesive and hopeful nation.

 “Legal action will be taken against those involved in abusive activities during the forums and rallies. The Commission has already summoned 33 persons to make statements relating to their utterances,” he said

 The law enforcement agencies were also called upon to ensure that people observe law and order at the BBI forums for the safety and well-being of the Kenyans attending the rallies and forums.

  “Peaceful management of both public rallies and the delegate forums is critical therefore organizers, leaders and their supporters will be held accountable for violent actions and unbecoming behaviors,” stressed Kobia.

  NCIC stressed the need for decorum in the meetings, noting that the neighboring countries and millions of Kenyans were keenly watching the events.