Politi­cians warned against in­cite­ment

Cord leader Raila Odinga and Gover­nor Jackson Mandago are among politi­cians be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, says NCIC chair­man

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General - ELIUD WAITHAKA @TheS­tarKenya

The Na­tional Co­he­sion and In­te­gra­tion Com­mis­sion has warned politi­cians against in­cit­ing Kenyans, say­ing those found cul­pa­ble will be pun­ished.

Chair­man Fran­cis ole Ka­paro said op­po­si­tion chief Raila Odinga and Uasin Gishu Gover­nor Jackson Mandago are among high-rank­ing politi­cians be­ing in­ves­ti­gated over in­cite­ment.

He said a politi­cian does not have the right to ut­ter words that might cause vi­o­lence, just be­cause an­other per­son did it. The com­mis­sion has warned that po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence may break out in 33 coun­ties.

Ka­paro said proper mech­a­nisms, in­clud­ing ac­quir­ing cam­eras that will be sin­stalled in coun­ties, have been put in place to pre­vent po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence. “The cam­eras are tam­per proof and will send video clips of hate­mon­gers to our head­quar­ters. Let politi­cians be warned that we will get them and take them to court,” he said.

Ka­paro said so­cial me­dia has con­trib­uted greatly to fan­ning po­lit­i­cal con­flicts.

He spoke dur­ing the award­ing of recog­ni­tion cer­tifi­cates to 35 Marsabit County Peace Com­mit­tee mem­bers at the Sports­mans Arms Ho­tel, Nanyu- ki, on Satur­day. He praised the peace com­mit­tee for bring­ing to­gether the Bo­rana, Gabra and Burji com­mu­ni­ties and restor­ing peace in the seven sub­coun­ties.

Ka­paro said the com­mis­sion, the In­te­rior min­istry and par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee on Se­cu­rity will from Fri­day meet in Mom­basa to plan how to han­dle the next gen­eral elec­tion.

Marsabit county com­mis­sioner Njuki Mutindika, who ac­com­pa­nied the peace team, said he hopes the on­go­ing war in Ethiopia between the two com­mu­ni­ties will not trickle down the re­gion. “Our KDF sol­diers are on pa­trol day and night. We would like to as­sure our peo­ple that they safe,” he said.

The 2007-08 post-elec­tion vi­o­lence left 1,200 dead and at least 600,000 dis­placed.

Af­ter the vi­o­lence Deputy PM Uhuru Keny­atta, Wil­liam Ruto and ra­dio jour­nal­ist Joshua Sang were charged at the ICC with crimes against hu­man­ity. The cases col­lapsed.

Last year, Ju­bilee sought the Na­tional Assem­bly’s ap­proval to form a com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate the Waki Re­port on the 2007-08 post-elec­tion vi­o­lence.

Ain­abkoi MP Sa­muel Chep­konga had filed a no­tice of mo­tion for the for­ma­tion of a 15-mem­ber team to look into claims of com­pro­mised and skewed in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the clashes.

“These in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­clude ver­i­fy­ing whether the state and non-state agen­cies con­ducted their in­ves­ti­ga­tions or in­quiries in ac­cor­dance with the law,” the mo­tion read.

The Waki Com­mis­sion was es­tab­lished by the gov­ern­ment in Fe­bru­ary 2008. It was chaired by Jus­tice Philip Waki. The com­mis­sion drew up a list of peo­ple it found cul­pa­ble.

The list was given to the ICC through con­flict me­di­a­tor for­mer UN sec­re­tary gen­eral Kofi An­nan. Then ICC pros­e­cu­tor Moreno Ocampo re­lied on the Waki Re­port in pur­su­ing the crimes against hu­man­ity charges against six Kenyans.

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