NCIC plans 'wall of shame' in fight against election violence

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) is set to introduce a “wall of shame” for politicians who breach codes of conduct governing elections and political parties.

This, the government agency said, is part of new declaration of principles and national values that aspirants and elected leaders in the country will be required to observe to stem hate speech and violence during elections.


NCIC chair Samuel Kobia said the “wall of shame” will name individuals who defy the codes of conduct as well as national values before, during and after the 2022 General Election.

Dr Kobia explained that as part of the new regulations, there will be a declaration of principles and national values by political leaders, an aspect broader than the present requirement to adhere to a code of conduct.

He spoke over the weekend during the unveiling of a multi-agency technical committee to steer holistic strategies aimed at promoting peace and cohesion ahead of the election.

The team

The team will draw its membership from oganisations including the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP).

It will focus on public education on peace and cohesion by devising conflict resolution mechanisms, overseeing citizen education programmes as well as actualising transformative and servant leadership in line with NCIC’s roadmap for peaceful elections.

Last December, the commission launched a roadmap aimed at eliminating the culture of violence and hate speech during elections, teaching the public to express dissent constructively and building trust.


Registrar of Political Parties Ms Ann Nderitu noted the need for agencies in electoral processes to collaborate for better management of the process.

Once implemented, she said, the joint initiative will act as one of the ways of bringing sanity to an ever murky environment filled with malpractices, particularly in the run up to elections.

“We need this initiative pegged on a legal foundation and for partner institutions to review their respective Acts of Parliament,” said Ms Nderitu.

“This team also needs to set appropriate timelines for its task, upon consultation with all partners so that it is in line with the electoral cycle and calendar,” she added.

Date : Sunday, January 24, 2021

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Three issues dominated the Kwale County Amani Clubs Forum last Friday: Reducing youth’s involvement in violence by teaching  them skills, their role in peace-building, and  in combating violent extremism.

Other issues discussed, included  bullying in school, indiscipline, drug abuse and how students can participate in community service. The students’ conference provided  a forum for  honest and open debate on diverse issues in order to build  trust and dispel stereotypes.


They  used debates, tree planting, and drama to convey  topical peace messages during the event organised at Kwale High School by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC). The  peace  clubs in  in Kwale have  helped to curb bullying, indiscipline and radicalisation in schools, local officials say.

“Since the establishment of Amani clubs in the  county, we have been carrying out activities with the sole aim of achieving  the peace objectives established by the NCIC. We have held peace football matches, peace tree-planting and peace drama festivals,” said Kwale Amani Clubs coordinator Julianah Mwanjelle.


Meanwhile, NCIC boss Hassan Mohammed said: “Youth are the most active group and a better understanding of them is, therefore, important in any efforts aimed at attaining long-term peace building and social cohesion.”

An initiative of the NCIC,  the Amani clubs  aim to  influence  young people on matters of positive ethnicity, nationhood and inclusivity by advocating national cohesion and integration.

According to the NCIC vice-chairperson, Ms Irene Wanyoike, the overall goal of the clubs is to inculcate an appreciation of diversity among  students from different ethnic, racial and religious communities.



NCIC lists six counties where hate speech is rampant

A commission has listed six counties where incitement and hate speech are widespread.

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) yesterday cited Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kakamega, Nakuru, Nyeri and Kilifi as counties where incitement and hate mongering were rampant.

NCIC Assistant Director Kyalo Mwengi, who is in charge of complaints, legal and enforcement, said the commission flagged the counties after a national survey.

Speaking in Eldoret yesterday during the training of police officers, Mr Mwengi expressed concern over what he described as the metamorphosis of incitement and hate speech from political rallies to social media.

“We have identified six counties where incitement and hate speech is rampant. We are embarking on training to equip the police with knowledge on how to effectively use voice recorders and camcorders to collect evidence,” he told the officers drawn from six sub-counties.

“We currently have a team that is constantly monitoring social media for purposes of identifying and recommending action against perpetrators of hate speech. We are concerned that hate is moving from social-political rallies to social media.”


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