Kenya: UDA wants Joho and Junet’s Twitter accounts suspended for hate speech

Nairobi – The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party has written to the National Cohesion and Inclusion Commission (NCIC) demanding the suspension of the Twitter accounts of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and Suna East MP, Junet Mohamed, for allegedly sharing incentive content on their platform. .

Party general secretary Veronica Maina petitioned the peacebuilding agency after Joho and Junet shared a manipulated video of Vice President William Ruto suggesting he was spreading hate speech when he campaigned in Uasin Gishu County on August 1, 2022.

“This video is a choreographed version intended to incite, incite and spread hatred, incitement to violence, ethnic discrimination and discord. The video has also been intentionally edited with the deliberate aim and purpose of causing hatred ethnicity, fear and intolerance during this peak political season,” Maina said.

Joho and Junet have since removed the videos from their news.

During Uasin Gishu’s tour, Ruto said the region was accommodating and no one should feel out of place as Kenya heads to the polls next week.

In the letter, Maina copied Communications Authority Director General Ezra Chiloba and Independent Election and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati.

“The misleading and edited videos have and will continue to cause hatred, spread paranoia and incite violence against ethnic communities across the country,” Maina said.

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji on Wednesday ordered the Inspector General of Police to launch an investigation into doctored clips in the country.

The NCIC is an independent ethnic cohesion watchdog set up after the 2007-2008 post-election violence that left more than 1,000 people dead.

It does not have the power to suspend Facebook but can make recommendations to the government’s Communications Authority.

On July 29, 2022, the NCIC threatened to recommend the suspension of Facebook for violating hate speech guidelines in the country.

The government, however, has insisted that social media and the internet will not be shut down during next Tuesday’s general election.

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