ISIOLO, Kenya, Feb 21 – Vice President Kalonzo has once again challenged the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to warn leaders against the use of the term \’KKK\’ saying it amounts to hate speech.
Mr Musyoka particularly took issue with Prime Minister Raila Odinga for his continued use of the term KKK during his political rallies.
Addressing a leaders meeting at the Isiolo District Commissioner\’s office, Mr Musyoka said he had recently written to the NCIC seeking to outlaw the use of the KKK word, saying the continued use of the KKK tag is against national unity, cohesion and integration.
\’\’I personally wrote to (NCIC chairman Mzalendo) Kibunjia to act over the use of KKK. I am now challenging the Commission to tell the PM among other leaders to stop the continued use of the term KKK as this is creating hatred among Kenyans. We stand for unity and integrity of this nation,\’\’ said the VP.
He said leaders should be at the forefront in preaching peace and reconciliation instead of engaging in activities which can create tension and hatred among Kenyans.
The Vice President reiterated leaders\’ commitment to get a lasting solution to raging political storm over the controversial nominations to four constitutional office holders.
He said nobody has any problem with the Speaker of the National Assembly but added that Parliament should not be gagged.
\’\’There is no need to panic over the raging political storm following ruling by the Speaker over the controversial nominations to four constitutional offices as solution will soon be found on this issue,\’\’ said the VP.
Mr Musyoka who is also the Minister for Home Affairs assured residents in the region that security along the Ethiopia/Kenya border has been restored to enable them concentrate on their development activities without any fear of being arrested.
\’\’Good neighbourliness is ideal for the development of this country and this is why it is important for leaders to continue preaching peace and harmonious relations among communities living in this region,\’\’ he said.
While addressing inmates and prison officers at the Isiolo Prison, Mr Musyoka said reforms were being carried out in the sector with a view to improving the living standards of its officers.
The VP who also made an extensive tour of the Isiolo prison\’s farm said there is need to abolish the death penalty and challenged human rights groups in the country to come out clearly over the issue.
Mr Musyoka said a meeting on the special needs of prisoners will soon be held in Kenya to address on the needs of such individuals.