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Hate speech from kenyans in Diaspora..???

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Dr Kibunjia explained that the commission had recruited 40 new staff, who report to the commission in April, and that some of them would be charged with the responsibility. He noted that that Kenyans in the Diaspora were most culpable arguing that the Internet had become a convenient forum to advance negative ethnic sentiments that undermine integration. “Facebook, Twitter and such networks will be our main focus and I can tell you most of the hate speech comes from the Diaspora not internally. But one of the experts who is coming in from April 1 will be looking at this issue and how we can address it so as to stem it,” he said. The NCIC also accused the police of frustrating its work saying they had failed to arrest and prosecute influential leaders who propagated ethnic animosity. Dr Kibunjia said the force should have moved in to contain the public spat between Prime Minister Raila Odinga on the one hand, and Deputy PM Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North Member of Parliament, William Ruto on the other. He added that the commission needed the full support of the police and the Judiciary if its duty as the watchdog over hate speech was to bear fruit. “The police should have taken action from the very beginning,” he said. Dr Kibunjia who was speaking during a breakfast meeting with journalists and legislators added that his commission would work with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (once it come into the effect) to ensure that any person with political ambitions for next year’s elections who is guilty of inciting public hatred, is disqualified. Nominated MP Sophia Abdi however took issue with the commission saying it should be impartial in its work. She asked the commission to ensure that all persons found guilty of inciting tribal hatred were held to account without any prejudice.

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