Uhuru: What hate speech?


Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta is concerned by false and unfounded claims of hate speech at the prayer rallies that he, Eldoret North MP William Ruto and other leaders have addressed in recent weeks.

These claims do not come from the authorities charged with the responsibility of policing incitement, conflict or hate speech. They also are not evident in straight reporting by the free media.

Instead, the devilish allegations come from self-appointed commentators on the opinion pages of the local dailies and TV talk shows.

The commentators confess that they do not attend the rallies; they also confess that the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has not raised an issue and admit that the media have not recorded them.

They fail to understand that NCIC cannot act when no law has been flouted. What is more? The media cannot report non-existent hate speech. The message that Mr Kenyatta, Mr Ruto and other leaders have preached in the last three weeks is one of peace, unity and reconciliation.

They have also said the International Criminal Court has not barred them from political activity. It is a message that Kenyans of goodwill should applaud and join in spreading.

It is, therefore, clear that these biased commentators’ agenda is full of ill-will and designed to put Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto in trouble.

They are malignant forces bitter with the reception the two have received from the Kenyan people since they began the prayer rallies on January 28 2012.

We ask them to stop blossoming on the graves of others and to let the Kenyan people be the final arbiter in matters elections where Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto are concerned.

Mr Kenyatta, Mr Ruto and their supporters are responsible Kenyans who cherish peace and would do nothing to jeopardise it.

(Munyori Buku is the Director of Communications in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister)