The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has warned leaders against misuse of the internet in spreading hate as the nation prepares for a possible referendum and the 2022 General Elections.
NCIC commissioner Abdulaziz Farah said social media had become the main distributor of hate speech and incitement within the country stating that the same has to come to an end.
Speaking in Nakuru during a consultative meeting with officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP), he said the nation depends on peace to develop.
Farah noted that as the country gears towards a possible referendum and 2022 general elections there was a need to ensure hatemongers and inciters are kept at bay to avert any form of violence.
According to Farah, they are deliberating on changing tact by employing a more sophisticated approach in their operations to monitor political gatherings and filter out hatemongers.
He said the commission has mapped Nakuru County as among the violence prone areas saying they will keep a sharp focus on what leaders say at rallies and meetings.
Nakuru County Criminal Investigating Officer (CCIO) Michael Mwenze said as a department they will continue to crack down on inciters and hatemongers no matter the social status within the region.
Mwenze took the opportunity to warn leaders against inciting residents within the county saying being a cosmopolitan town, residents have to keep the peace.
He noted that some of the challenges in nabbing politicians on incitement has been the use of their native languages saying translations may bring out different meanings.
On his part Vincent Monda from the ODPP said they are committed to tame hate speech and incitement in the country through working harmony through employing a multi agency approach.
He said prosecutors are well trained to work hand in hand with investigators to ensure they build a strong case and get convictions on such cases.
Monda called for cooperation from the members of the public to feel free and report the same so that they can be taken up for prosecution.
Some of the challenges he said were lack of cooperation from the witnesses for fear of being victimized or threatened saying that will be covered through camera concealing identity.