The National Cohesion and Integrated Commission (NCIC) has issued a warning that the names of some of the country’s most powerful lawmakers will be absent from the voting box on August 9.The commission said that it was working closely with Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on integrity issues, warning that those involved in hate and inciting speeches would not be cleared for the elections.
The move comes after several lawmakers were summoned and taped statements were taken, and others were already prosecuted in court.NCIC and EACC have reached an agreement on how to deal with inciting politicians, according to NCIC vice-chairperson Wambui Nyutu.
Speaking during a consultative meeting in Naivasha, Nyutu said that they were investigating twenty cases of incitement and hate speech that involved well-known politicians.“NCIC will recommend to the EACC not to issue integrity certificates to some senior politicians who have failed to abide by values of cohesion,” she said.
She claimed that the committee had recruited people to go to all political meetings and record lawmakers who made racist remarks.The commissioner rejected that the commission was a toothless tiger, stating that all hate speech and incitement cases will be expedited.
Nyutu praised the Chief Justice for setting aside four courts to deal with such cases noting that this would help deter incitement that was always the norm during election years.On his part, Patrick Maingi from Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) said that the business community was worried by the incitement remarks being spewed out by politicians.