Politicians warned against incitement
Cord leader Raila Odinga and Governor Jackson Mandago are among politicians being investigated, says NCIC chairman
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.