A commissioner with National Cohesion Integration Commission (NCIC) Sam Kona has warned politicians against uttering words that could easily spike up tension in the country.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call to Narok Governor Samuel Tunai in his office Thursday, Kona regretted the latest trend by politicians to speak carelessly which he said if not controlled could lead to a recurrence of violence as experienced in 2008.
“We are two years to the elections yet the political temperature is too high. The politicians should be warned early enough to stop inciting their communities,” said Kona.
He reiterated that his commission was investigating at least 40 politicians suspected to be fueling hatred by their utterances.
“No one will be spared in our fight against hate speech. Already we are investigating about 40 politicians around the country whom we will prosecute in courts of law after the investigations,” he said.
Kona said it was unfortunate that Kenyans were quickly forgetting the post-election violence experienced in 2007/2008 where about 1, 000 people died and hundreds of thousands left homeless.
“Kenyans should not be dragged to hate each other by selfish politicians. Let us be careful of what we take from politicians because at the end of the day, it is the common mwananchi who suffers most,” he said.
His sentiments come at a time when Emurua Dikirr legislator Johana Ng’eno hit headlines for his utterances against the first family.
The sentiments he made during a homecoming ceremony in his constituency on Sunday, were not taken lightly and Kenyans demanded the legislator to apologize to the first family.
This is not the first time the legislator was being arrested for inciting the community. The County Criminal Investigations Division (CID) has previously summoned him three times to record statements on skirmishes experienced around the Maasai Mau forest.
By Ann Salaton