National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Chairman Dr. Samuel Kobia. PHOTO/COURTESY

By Salim Mutuma

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Chairperson Dr. Samuel Kobia has denied claims that the commission was biased when dealing with incitement cases involving politicians and maintained that they were cracking a whip across the political divide.

Dr Kobia said that the agency was not leaning on any political divide in its bid to foster peaceful coexistence between Kenyans from all ethnic communities amid claims by politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto that they were being targeted.

He said the Commission’s fight on hate speech was not discriminating against Dr Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance lieutenants and was not working against or for any party but for Kenyans.

“We are not against any political divide as I have heard from some legislators. We deal with all those involved in hate speech,” he said, adding that majority of the politicians previously investigated by NCIC were members of ODM, ANC and KANU parties.

His statement follows utterances by Meru Senator Mithika Linturi during Dr Ruto’s recent rally in Eldoret where he referred to those not subscribing to the hustler narrative as ‘madoadoa’ for spots and urged residents to do away with them.

The legislator who was arrested on Sunday morning has since been released on a Sh5 million conditional bond or a surety of similar amount or Sh2 million cash bail.

The official said the Commission was taking the “madoadoa” term so seriously because of what it caused in the 2007/08 Post Election violence that claimed over 1500 lives.

“The term needs not to be in the Constitution because we know what it means and the kind of damage it can cause especially now that we are headed to elections,” he recently told Citizen TV.

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen recently accused NCIC of double standards and claimed that it had two set of laws, one for UDA and another for Azimio la Umoja.


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