NCIC set to launch Strategic Plan

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021 09:57 |
NCIC chair Samuel Kobia. Photo/PD/File

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i will on Thursday, July 1 preside over the official launch of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Strategic Plan 2020-2025 at the Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi.

Other dignitaries expected include the Chief Justice Martha Koome.

This comes after the commission stated that it will bar any candidate accused of “untoward utterances and dishonorable behavior” in public from seeking elective seats ahead of the 2022 General Election.

This, according to the commission, will be done by working with political parties and other clearing agencies to ensure a leader, who appears in the Wall of Shame three times is barred from contesting any seat.

“We have created a Wall of Fame and a Wall of Shame, where leaders propagating best political practices are cited for their positive deeds and those with dubious practices are listed and shamed,” NCIC Chairman Samuel Kobia said.

Kobia made the pronouncement on the eve of unveiling the five- year Strategic Plan, which the commission terms as a key milestone in the promotion of peace, cohesion and integration.

In February, NCIC listed former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, MPs Simba Arati (Dagoretti North), Johanna Ngeno (Emurua Dikir) and Silvanus Osoro (South Mugirango) in its inaugural list of Wall of Shame.

With the political landscape awash with unpleasant political altercations that may pose a threat to a peaceful election, NCIC boss said the commission has developed a handbook in investigation and prosecution of hate speech, which has been used to enhance the capacity of investigators and prosecutors across the country.

He cautioned politicians to avoid being the cause of chaos, hate speech and ethnic contempt or risk facing dire consequences.

“It is important to note that the commission’s mandate is to investigate cases of hate speech while the ODPP handles prosecution,” the chairman said.

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