NCIC maps out 33 counties as hotspots ahead of 2017 elections

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has mapped out 33 counties that might experience pre and post- election violence in 2017.NCIC commissioners were in Malindi to train police officers on how to handle hate speech mongers and distributed high tech voice recording gadgets that will help them track on politicians before, during and after the electioneering period.

Dr. Roba Sharamo, a commissioner at NCIC says that the position of governor and MCA will be the most contested and will breed inter community hatred among communities residing in the Counties.

Sharamo added that already campaigns seemed to have started even before the IEBC campaign calendar was out and animosity was rising.

He has since warned the political players against fanning ethnic animosity.

Maurice Dzoro who is also a commissioner with NCIC said that hate speech mongers will no longer go scot free since the Commission was equipping the police, DPP and other relevant authorities with enough evidential materials that will not pose a threat to Justice.

He also cautioned politicians against name calling saying it was one way of hate speech adding that the commission was closely and keenly following social media platforms where politicians and their supporters through tantrums and each other.

Citing the recent spat between Deputy President William Ruto and Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho the commissioner said that the stage had already been set for intolerance in the politicians’ backyards.

Political temperatures have been on the rise in the recent days even as the 2017 general elections are still a couple of months away.

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