This week has been interesting. For starters, Nairobi politicians, Senator Mike Mbuvi alias Sonko and Governor Evans Kidero decided insulting each other wasn’t enough and engaged in a physical fight to the amusement of the other politicians present and indeed most Kenyans who watched the video. Indeed leaders elected mirror the electorate. The behavior of the two leaders is a direct reflection of the voters in Nairobi.
Meanwhile, it appears Ole Kaparo’s team is finally proving it can bite, albeit late. The fact that eight legislators from both CORD and Jubilee are spending time in a prison cell for hate speech for at least four days is quite refreshing especially because some of them have been spewing hate like their life depended on it. The high court upheld the lower court’s decision to deny them bail and detain them citing public interest over individual interest.
Politicians have perfected the art of pitting Kenyans against each other for their own selfish gains with little or no repercussions. Since the 2005 referendum, hate speech has been entrenched among Kenyans and encouraged by politicians over the years, especially during election period. It is therefore interesting to see how the mighty feel the wrath of the law. A journalist remarked that they should use their experience as a “benchmarking trip” to improve prison conditions.
Nonetheless this might not exactly do the trick as hate speech is a mere symptom of the disease. As long as we are not willing to deal openly and honestly with the real issue, National Commission and Integration Commission should be prepared to make more arrests. That hate speech is still alive and well is proof NCIC has not only been sleeping on the job but also failed terribly. These knee-jerk reactions are just that. But the commission can redeem itself if the chairman stops hiding under “lack of evidence” when the rest of Kenya sees it in captured video all the time.