Act on those peddling hatred and violence

At the weekend, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga warned that caustic tongues by political leaders were pushing the country to the edge and pointed out that should the trend persist, then the 2017 election was doomed to violence.

Hardly had his message sank in than it emerged that Kiambu Governor William Kabogo had threatened opposition politicians criticising President Uhuru Kenyatta with violence and even daring anyone to take him to court.

Coming hot on the heels of the acidic remarks by former Nairobi Mayor George Aladwa, Gatundu MP Moses Kuria, Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama, and commentator Mutahi Ngunyi, it is becoming increasingly clear that the political class is spoiling for war.

It is such reckless and hate-filled speeches that fomented the 2007 violence that nearly tore the country apart.

This led to the creation of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, whose mandate is to eliminate hate speech and push for the punishment of those who breach the law.

Other agencies such as the Directorate of Public Prosecutions also exist to deal with those propagating hatred.

However, it seems the law and its enforcement is fatally flawed and is unable to check culprits.

Hate speech, insults, and abusive language are not acceptable in any civilised society.

No worthy leader is expected to abuse or insult others.

However, we find ourselves daily assailed by bile from fellows who do not care what verbiage they spew out in public.

The director of public prosecutions has been quick to order investigations into such vengeful statements but little has been done to punish the offenders.

Cases of hate speech are reaching a new high and must be stopped.

We demand speedy and drastic actions on all hate mongers.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION