NCIC meets NCCK, Catholic leaders on peace building ahead of 2017 polls

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) on Monday met with the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) and leaders from the Catholic Church in Nairobi, to discuss steps made in peace building and integration among Kenyan citizens.

They held joint discussions and resolutions on how to prevent possibilities of violence during the 2017 general election in all the 47 counties.

NCCK Chairman Bishop James Karanja emphasized the need for unity among Kenyan communities while NCIC chairman Francis Ole Kaparo warned politicians from inciteful campaigns.

He further called on the Judiciary to fast track and provide ruling on hate speech cases that are currently lying in various courts, general election. Kaparo advised that it is necessary for the courts to provide legal solutions on the cases as soon as possible to avoid spread of incitement to violence messages by the accused persons who he said many are politicians, before the elections.

Kaparo disclosed that he has written to the Chief Justice Willy Mutunga to advise judges and magistrates to hasten plans and provide rulings on the cases to avoid incidents where hate speech cases remain in courts for longer periods.

He further noted that his Commission has put measures in place to ensure zero-hate mongering before, during and after the August 2016 General Election by training close to 1,000 police officers, who will be stationed in various points, to monitor political rallies and meetings, and report any identified hate speech and hate mongers with help of recording devices.

He said that police officers from Bomet, Narok, Nyamira and Kericho counties have already received the training.

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