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Government investigating over 50 cases of hate speech, assures peaceful elections

Election periods have in the past been filled with enthusiasm, anxiety, panic and in some cases, violence. Freedom of speech has also been misconstrued by others to spread hate, abuse, make unprintable remarks, and intimidate others.

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The Government is currently investigating 51 cases of hate speech committed since April last year.

Government Spokesperson Col. (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna has called on Kenyans to call out divisive politics ahead of this year’s general election.

Election periods have in the past been filled with enthusiasm, anxiety, panic and in some cases, violence. Freedom of speech has also been misconstrued by others to spread hate, abuse, make unprintable remarks, and intimidate others.

“It is unfortunate that some insightful statements are made by some of our leaders with little care to the impact of the utterances to the youth who look up to them for mentorship, guidance and direction. It is, therefore, our collective responsibility to shun hate speech and other forms of intolerance to preserve critical bonds that hold our society together and create an environment to facilitate more development,” he said.

He was speaking during a joint press briefing with the National Police Service (NPS) and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) on election preparedness, in Nairobi.

“Since time immemorial we have contended with electoral related violence, hate speech propelled by leaders and the media and other forms of intolerance. Such outcomes have defined our elections, and we collectively say never again,” he stated.

“The Government has formed synergies with relevant multi-agencies to prepare and respond to issues that may arise before, during and after the election to ensure a stable political situation that inspires confidence across the nation,” Colonel Oguna noted.

NPS spokesperson, Bruno Shioso, said the police have made several preparations including training of officers across the country in such things as software management, improving logistics, reinforcement options from numerous ongoing recruitment exercises and embracing a multi-agency support system.

“We will continue collaborating with all the stakeholders harmoniously and progressively to ensure a successful election devoid of hate speech, fake news, intimidation, and violence. NPS remains committed to the safety and security of citizens and the public.”

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Atheists fault petition seeking to deregister society

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

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President of the Atheists in Kenya Society, Harrison Mumia

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

Former Juja MP, Dr Stephen Ndichu has moved to court seeking to have the Atheists in Kenya Society suspended on grounds that its continued existence is unconstitutional.

In a statement, the society’s president, Harrison Mumia says the petition is an assault on religious freedom and an insult to the diversity of the Kenyan people.

“We find the petition repugnant to a good conscience,” he stated adding that Dr Ndichu is a Christian fundamentalist who seems to harbour paranoid fantasies about the dangers of atheists existing in Kenya.

He further accused Dr Ndichu of seeing enemies where there is none and that the society was surprised, but not shocked as religion has historically inhibited progress.

He vowed that the society would do everything within its power to defend its right to remain a registered society and urged Kenyans to support fighting the petition.

On Sunday, the society said it will be writing to President William Ruto seeking an invitation to State House, just like the evangelical denominations.

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Uhuru Gardens ready for Madaraka Day fete, says PS Kibicho

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Madaraka Day

This year’s national Madaraka Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi County will be open to 30,000 people, up from 10,000 in 2021.

Permanent Secretary in the State Department for Interior, Dr Karanja Kibicho, said this follows the relaxation of COVID-19 containment measures.

“Children will also be allowed in on the celebrations this year, and we expect county celebrations to happen too,” the PS said while on an inspection tour of the venue.

The PS said the government decided to move the celebrations from the County rotational back to Nairobi because it will be the last event for the current administration before it exits office.

“Because of the significance of this particular Madaraka day, being the last for this regime, we decided to celebrate it at Uhuru Gardens to break the tradition of celebrating it in counties,”

He revealed that preparations were currently at 90 percent complete and expressed confidence that all will be set for the event as the country marks 59 years of self rule.

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Queen Elizabeth mourns Kibaki as a great Statesman with commendable legacy

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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Queen Elizabeth II has mourned former President the late Mwai Kibaki eulogizing him as “a great statesman”.

“I was sorry to receive the news of the death of Mwai Kibaki. He had a lifelong record of service to the Kenyan people. It will be of deep sadness to your country to have lost a great statesman, but Kenya can take pride in the legacy of his leadership. I send you and the people of Kenya my condolences at this loss,” the message read.

The British High Commission further affirmed its close ties to Kenya and renewed its assurances to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The British High Commission avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya the assurances of its highest consideration,” the High Commission said.

The late Kibaki passed away on 21 April 2022, aged 90.

President Uhuru, who issued a proclamation that he would be granted a state funeral with full civilian and military honours, announced his death.

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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