Hate mongering soars after Supreme Court ruling, NCIC warns

National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Chairman Francis Ole Kaparo. []

Hatred among Kenyans has soared after Supreme Court ruling on Friday, National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) warn.

NCIC Chairman Francis Ole Kaparo states that government will crackdown on the perpetrators using social media platforms to spread tribal bigotry.

“We are aware that this is happening on social media and our officers are doing their investigations and we will apprehend a number of people,” said Kaparo on Sunday according to Daily Nation.

In the run up to August 8 polls and during the campaigns, government had issued a stern order against improper use of Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter among other social media platforms used to spread propaganda, ethnicity and hatred.

Several administrators of the social media have been arrested in the past.

But this has not toned down the tribal animosity especially after the Supreme Court ruling pitting one group against the other, both allied to Jubilee and NASA.

Kaparo urged all Kenyans to take caution in what they post saying everyone has a responsibility to fight tribal bigotry.

“I equally appeal to politicians to tone down on the rhetoric that fuel this hatred. They should respect the court’s decision and allow for the authorities to do their work,” retorted the NCIC Chair.

George Kinoti, the National Police Spokesperson said an operation to crackdown on hatemongers is underway.

“We have the National Cohesion and Integration Act the Communications Act and Penal Code which will help us deal with these people,” Kinoti stated.

The cybercrime unit will trail social media users using pseudo names to spew hatred.

By Pharis Kinyua. He’s an online Journalists and an author for Jamhuri News.