Kaparo accuses courts, police of hindering prosecution of hate speech offenders

By: NANCY AGUTU

The NCIC has accused the courts of frustrating justice by asking the Commission not to prosecute hate speech offenders.

Chairman Francis ole Kaparo said he is not a “super policeman” and does not have powers to prosecute whenever hate remarks are made, which makes him “as frustrated as everyone else”.

“I wish I had the powers of Inspector General Joseph Boinnet. Whenever something like this happens everyone looks for me. Leaders do not do anything because they probably approve of what is said,” Kaparo said in an interview on Nation Fm on Monday.

The NCIC boss said he gets in touch with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution whenever such utterances are made by politicians in public.

“Keriako Tobiko is helpful. We can only give him a file on hate speech. If it is incitement to violence, it’s the police to investigate and submit a file ” he said.

This comes after Chief Justice Willy Mutunga warned of potential violence in the 2017 polls and asked the civil society to “take action before it is too late”.

Mutunga decried the rising cases of politicians making hateful and inciting remarks, several of which are under investigations.

On Sunday, Tobiko ordered Kiambu governor William Kabogo be investigated for utterances he made at an event in Thika, cautioning Cord leader Raila Odinga and Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama against insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, former Nairobi mayor George Aladwa, Muthama and political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi have also had a run-in with the authorities for remarks amounting to incitement and hate speech.