National Cohesion and Integration Commission chairman Dr. Samuel Kobia has send a warning to leaders who are locking their controlled regions termed as bedrooms for fellow leaders.
The country has recently been witnessing incidents of violence against leaders who dared to take their campaigns in regions termed as someone’s bedroom.
Some of the incidents on spot include last week’s event where ODM presidential aspirant Mr. Jimi Wanjingi was stoned by youths in Migori.
“This event is not only unfortunate, but also a very sad day for Kenyan democracy and points to worrying trend as we head into 2022,” said Kobia
Speaking during a press conference held in Nairobi Kobia pointed out that any Kenyan should be allowed to move, live and indeed campaign anywhere freely.
Kobia noted that Politician found responsible for this acts will be charged with criminal offences.
“I would like to warn politicians who have decided to lock their regions and make them unapproachable for their competitors to be ashamed of themselves and that we will be filing criminal charges should we find any of them responsible for such acts of intolerance,” added Kobia.
Kobia warned that the commission was already following on 34 cases of hate speech among leaders and 70 cases on social media.
According to Kobia, any politician found responsible will be barred from vying for any political seat.
“This warning is not an empty threat, we are already tracking the culprits and any leaders who may have been involved will also be looked into and prosecution should follow,” said Kobia.
The commission has already initiated a program dubbed ‘election bila noma' that will engage political actors among others in a dialogue towards a peaceful election.
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