Kaparo team monitoring Jubilee, NASA WhatsApp for hate messages
The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Chair, Francis ole Kaparo, has warned social media users against spreading hate speech messages via social platforms.
Kaparo condemned Wednesday, July 12 events during NASA and Jubilee rallies where groups of supporters turned hostile towards Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta disrupting the meetings.
Raila’s rally was called off at Baringo after a section of Jubilee supporters started burning NASA’s attires.
Subsequently, President Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, were heckled at Kisumu where they had visited to urge Kisumu residents to support the Jubilee Party.
Mr. Kaparo cautioned social media users on spreading sensitive information as witnessed Wednesday where it was circulated on WhatsApp groups within a short time span.
The NCIC chairman said that five people were arrested and are in custody for conspiracy to cause chaos and spreading hate speech via their social media networks.
He added that the use of pseudo names on social media is a major problem facing his commission and his team will effectively deal with those involved.
“We will deal firmly with administrators of WhatsApp groups being used to spread hate speech,” said Mr. Kaparo.
Barely 25 days to August polls, Kaparo’s commission has taken initiative to monitor 176 social media groups linked with spreading inciteful messages.
Among these, 12 are national and 36 county-based.
These groups include Jubilee Party Supporters, NASA Politics, Uasin Gishu County Forum, Kapseret Constituency Forum, Uasin Gishu County Discussion Forum, Migori Revisionists Council, Meru Economic and Political Facebook Forum, Citizens, Langas Yetu, The New Marsabit County For All, Bunge la Busia Voices of Change, Group Kenya and The Kenya Political Forum.
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