The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has said that it will ensure that politicians notorious for hate speech don’t obtain visas as part of efforts to curb the vice in the country.
Speaking during the launch of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) Strategic Plan (2020-2024) in Bomas of Kenya, NCIC Chairman Dr Samuel Kobia said that he is in talks with at least 15 envoys to deny the politicians visas.
“If we don’t give them visas, then they will behave. More so, those who incite violence should not be allowed to go to Europe or North America.. this will ensure that they stop behaving the way they do,” he said.
Kobia disclosed that some politicians pleaded saying they hope their name won’t be in the list of shame.
According to Kobia, this has made hate speech go down since politicians don’t want their friends to know that they are on the list of shame.
On 2022 elections, he noted that NCIC will also launch its plan that will ensure peace and tranquillity in Kenya ahead of the general elections.
In March this year, the commission raised concerns about the increased cases of hate speech, incitement and political intolerance ahead of the 2022 General Elections.
Kobia said that politicians have started beating drums of war by inciting their supporters in what he fears may spark violence.
He sent a warning shot to the political class, saying those who will continue on propagating hate and ethnic contempt will face full force of the law.
He revealed the commission has put in place strategies to curb and tame hatemongers during the upcoming by-elections and General elections in 2022.