Kiambu among 8 hotbed counties of hate speech — NCIC

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Eight counties with the highest number of hate mongers have now been named.

According to the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), Kiambu, Kilifi, Uasin Ngishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, Nakuru, Nyeri, and Kakamega are the hotbeds of hate speech in Kenya. 

Security detectives are now closely monitoring the counties to spot people who break the law.

The commission has also issued 110 audio recorders and eight camcorders to security officers from these counties to enable them monitor closely hate incidents and incitement to violence.

In a statement to reporters, the commission said it has put on notice politicians, social media users, and the general public that activities of hate spewing are being monitored.

The commission cautioned Kenyans not to misuse the right to freedom of speech by engaging in propaganda for war and advocacy of hatred.

“As a country, we still recall what happened in 2017 General Elections thus the need to protect our nation from any action that may lead to insecurity,” said Mr Hassan Mohammed, the NCIC secretary.

The commission praised Kenyans for being peaceful and tolerant. 

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