De Mathew, 2 others in hate speech probe

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Popular Kikuyu musicians John DeMathew, Muigai wa Njoroge and Kamande wa Kioi are likely to be investigated after songs sung by each of them were flagged for being ‘inciting’.

 

The Mugithi singers, who are popular live musicians, are accused of singing songs that border on ‘hate speech’ against Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who is one of the contenders for the top seat in 2013.

 

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) flagged the songs, Mwaka wa Hiti’ by DeMathew, Muigai wa Njoroge’s ‘Hague bound’ and ‘Uhuru ni Witu’ by Kamande wa Kioi.

 

NCIC boss Mzalendo Kibunjia says they were following up with the media council to find out whether the controversial songs had played on any radio stations so that action could be taken against the media houses as well.

 

Kibunjia appealed to Kenyans who may have heard the songs playing on air to inform the commission through [email protected] or visit their offices along Mara Road in Nairobi.

 

“The era of such music is long gone,” he said.

 

According to the National Cohesion and Integration Act, if the musicians are found guilty of hate speech, they will be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or a fine of Sh1 million or both.

 

“A person who distributes, shows or plays a recording of visual image or provides, produces or directs a programme which involves use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour commits an offence if such person intends thereby to stir up ethnic hatred or having regard to all the circumstances, ethnic hatred is likely to be stirred up,” the act states in part.

 

A radio station that plays the music would be liable to a fine not exceeding Sh1 million according to the Act.

 

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta expressed his concern over the divisive songs and termed them as shameful.

 

“A certain blogger brought this to our attention and we would like to strongly point out that if this is what certain vernacular musicians are doing, regardless of the language and community, we truly stand against it!” the DPM said in his facebook and twitter accounts.

 

“Music in our respective languages is beautiful, but when corrupted for an agenda that disunites Kenyans, it’s shameful,” he added.

 

Uhuru said they had taken action and asked Kenyans to watch out for such acts and base their votes on issues rather than tribal affiliations.

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  • Kotieno, Kasipul

    The law enforcers should have apprehended these characters before the public outcry. There is no point investigating the obvious! The groups’ music is strongly laced with tribal concoction that if left untamed would create serious animosity among Kenyans. No sane Kenyan would want to see Kenya return to the international shame we suffered due to reckless advice by people who want to cling to power at whatever cost. Let’s respect the will of the people the way former president, Moi, did when he realized that Kenyans meant it when they said, change now! Any good leader will always respect the will of the majority. Africa is lagging behind other nations of the world because, after taking leadership, leaders trivialize such national honor by making the presidency a communal thing. Most easily forget that they are elected by all the ethnic groups within the country. Let the law deal with these artists in order to set an example to any other formation with such destructive mindset!

  • Too little too late! Raising the hue and cry after the goats have done escaped from the Boma is meaningless. Who hasn’t heard these songs being played in broad daylight in matatus and
    everywhere, except Kibunja?

  • njenga

    its not only kikuyu community that praise there leaders even others do but we have fogoten that African language have similar wards with different meanings

    • boss its a shame.that the year 2012, we are still demeaning other people and picking on them because they are from a particular tribe.

  • munene

    You people who are supporting these singers, just imagine how you’d feel if someone else composed such a song concerning your father or whoever is close to you. The content of that music is an abomination!!!

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