Hate-mongers to spend 20-years in jail

Hate-mongers in Kenya risk paying a fine of up to Sh20 million  or spend 20-years of their lives behind bars when found guilty by a Court of law, if parliament passes a Bill aimed at curbing cyber-crime.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said the Bill details strategies that will be used to investigate Cyber-crime cases, prosecution and collection of evidence.

If passed by members of parliaments, the Bill also gives the government the right to recover all the devices used for cyber-crime cases, such as desktops, laptops, handsets among others.

According to Mucheru, such penalties will minimize and finally put an end to social media incitement.

This even as the National Cohesion and Integration Commission  (NCIC) led by Chairman Francis ole Kaparo seeks to be given prosecution powers to tame hate mongers.

The Commission relies on the police and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions  (DPP) to take suspected hate mongers to Court, a situation which delays curbing spreading of incitement and hate speech.

Politicians have been on the lead in spreading hate speech, a move Kenyans are trying to avoid, to prevent possible ethnic violence.


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