NAIROBI – THE Kenya Police Service has established a task force to prevent hate speech ahead of elections feared to result in a contested outcome.
Top politicians in the East African country will be monitored leading up to the polls in August.
Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet, confirmed the exercise saying it would crack down of perpetrators of hate speech.
“The National Police Service will deal very firmly with anyone who breaches electoral or Public Order laws or any other law for that matter,” he said in the northeastern Garissa city.
Police will be very firm against individuals or groups who incite others and hire thugs or outlawed criminal groups,” said Boinnet.
Allegations of vote rigging, raised by opposition leader Raila Odinga, have marred the registration exercise and heightened tensions ahead of the elections.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has accused Western countries of planning regime change through local non-governmental organisations.
Last week, international diplomats in Kenya rejected the accusation but urged national and county governments, political parties, security services, and all Kenyans to embrace inclusive political discourse while rejecting violence and those individuals who call for it.
some 24 million Kenyans, almost half of the country, are expected to vote.
Clashes following the disputed 2007/08 election left 1 000 dead and 600 000 displaced.
– CAJ News