The General election in Kenya is a few months out and the Government is putting in place stringent measures to help track down perpetrators of tribal hate speech on Social Media.
The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has now established a special unit that will be tasked with monitoring and deterring hate speech on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media platforms ahead of the 2022 polls.
According to the Commission’s Vice-chair Wambui Nyutu, the unit has been equipped with state of the art equipment that will trace individuals that use various social media platforms to spread hatred.
“We have purchased gadgets to track down those who might be using fake accounts to spread hate on social media as the country prepares for elections,” Nyutu said.
“The commission has instituted prosecution to some individuals who have propagated hate speech through social media and we are in constant contact with DCI to track down every individual who might be misusing the platforms.”
In the last few weeks, politics have started to dominate the Kenyan social media scene with NCIC now seeking to identify political hotspots in Kenya by using past records.
“We have also started to engage the youths so that they are not misused by the politicians to cause violence during political campaigns,” Millicent Okatch, the commission’s Director of Programmes said.