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NCIC now wants politicians vetted for hate speech: NCIC now wants politicians vetted for hate speech: The National Cohesion and Integration Commission now wants all political aspirants to acquire a certificate of compliance before being cleared to contest for any elective seat in next year’s general election as this will curb rising cases of hate speech. NCIC chairman Francis ole Kaparo told a joint Parliamentary Committee on National Cohesion that the commission’s proposal requires all candidates to get a certificate of compliance from NCIC just like they are required to get a clearance certificate from the Higher Education Loans Board and also required to adhere to chapter six of the constitution. He asked the MP Johnson Sakaja led committee to adopt the proposal in order to tame the rising political temperature in the country. We must take drastic measures, things are bad, our country is going to burn over the seeds of discord and hate we are currently seeing,” Kaparo warned.

Eight lawmakers charged with incitement to violence: Eight Members of Parliament who were detained by police were on Friday charged with incitement to violence at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi. They legislatures; Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, Busia Women Representative Florence Mutua, Kilifi’s Aisha Jumwa and Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati) Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete), Junet Mohamed (Suna East) and Timothy Bosire of Kitutu Masaba were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo where charges were read. Led by senior counsel James Orengo, lawyer of the accussed argued that their clients’ basic rights have been violated through denial of bail. Orengo asked the court to grant bail to Bosire, Jumwa, Mutua and Junet saying it was their constitutional right, arguing that there are no compelling reasons to deny the accused bail. The prosecution led by Leonard Maingi opposed the application saying it was concerned that the eight would repeat the same offences they were charged with if the court granted bail. The Magistrate put 4pm as the time he would deliver his verdict.

Smaller parties now want inclusion at IEBC talks: Small parties have asked to be included in the dialogue table that will agree on a possible way out of the stalemate surrounding the electoral body, IEBC. They have told both Jubilee and Cord to favour an all-inclusive dialogue structure that will ensure the views of as many Kenyans as possible are taken into consideration. Addressing a press conference at the La Mada hotel in Nairobi, the political outfits’ under the banner of National Political Parties Liaison Committee (PPLC), supporter an out of parliament process saying it will guarantee the realization of comprehensive electoral reforms. In a statement read by Alfayo Agufana of Agenda Party of Kenya chairman, the micro-parties said that they support dialogue on wider issues of electoral reforms in a structured, all-inclusive manner through multilateral representation. They also proposed that that IEBC talks should particularly include religious organizations, civil societies, trade unions, political parties, business community, professional groups, marginalized groups and constitutional experts.




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