Politicians should preach peace during their political meetings, more so because the General Election is near.
The recent call by President Kibaki to politicians to be cautious not to talk politics of ethnicity is timely, and should help combat hate speech. Aspirants should be on the forefront to preach peace in their meetings even as they hunt for votes.
It is encouraging the media have taken the initiative of conveying peaceful messages to the public through its various channels of communication. Theirs is indeed a strategy that is reaching people of all walks of life across the nation.
The media, being one of the most trusted media of conveying information, should be careful not to give delinquent leaders publicity when they spew politics of division during public rallies.
Meanwhile, it is commendable that the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has been instrumental in advocating for peace. However, peace campaigns will be more effective if religious leaders also join the fray.
Religion plays a vital role in passing values to its flock. It should therefore not shy away from using the pulpit to pass this message of goodwill to Kenyans.
We should not allow a repeat of the senseless violence and killings that happened in the 2007/2008-post-election violence. Let us learn from our tainted past and put the interests of our country above our selfish ones. Otherwise, we risk history judging us harshly
Moses Ombogo, Thika
Three musicians are being probed by the National Cohesion and Integration (NCIC) for propagating hate speech against a certain leader and community. Unknowingly, NCIC is giving the musicians undue publicity.
Most Kenyans have not heard their music and even if we have we don’t understand the language they have sang the songs in, Kikuyu.
It should also be noted the Kikuyu has nothing to do with the alleged hateful music.
It is therefore wrong to drag them into something they have had no collective enterprise in. Otherwise, the implications in the minds of other tribes could be dire.
Kenyans are ready to chart their future and will not be swayed by ethnic divisions.