By Rufus Hunja
NAIROBI, Feb 5 Kenyan Interior Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Joseph Nkaisserry has directed Regional Co-ordinators and County Police Commissioners to arrest anyone engaged in hate speeches with immediate effect, irrespective of his or her position or status in society.
Nkaiserry has also given the police commanders the power to arrest and prosecute those engaged in hate speeches, even as the National Cohesion and Integration Commission is charged with investigating incidents of hate mongering.
Nkaiserry made the remarks here Thursday at the first meeting of the national government and county security committees which brought together the eight regional co-ordinators their respective county commissioners to brainstorm on security challenges across the country.
“Anyone engaged in hate speeches or inciting the public along ethnic lines must be brought to book,” said Nkaiserry, who called for co-ordination among counties in the fight against terrorism and radicalization.
He warned the county security officers that they risked being sacked if they did not deliver on their mandate.
Accompanied by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Joseph Boinnet and Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Ndegwa Muhoro, the Minister said it was a time when hate must not be propagated among the public at all costs in view of the general election scheduled for next year.
Nkaiserry also reinstated all police chiefs and their assistants who were interdicted during the crackdown on illicit brews countrywide, saying the government had decided to give the chiefs and assistant chiefs amnesty. However, he warned that those found engaging in the moonshine trade would be prosecuted.
He dismissed claims that the government was was withholding national identity cards in some regions, saying Kenyans must follow the right procedure to acquire identification papers.
He said the government had given priority to stemming the rise in cases of radicalization and terrorism and urged the security chiefs in the counties to lead the fight.