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More than 100 cameras and audio recorders are being distributed by NCIC to monitor politicians

By Nderitu Gichure | January 2nd 2017

More than 100 cameras and audio recorders are being distributed by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to monitor politicians.

Irene Wanyoike, the commission's vice chairperson, said due to rising political temperatures, NCIC would monitor those who were propagating hatred.

She said the commission was working closely with security agencies including the National Intelligence Service to arrest and tame politicians engaging in hate speech.

"The commission has already acquired equipment to be given to our staff and police to record speeches at political rallies and meetings organised by both sides of the political divide," Ms Wanyoike said in Nyeri.

She said the equipment would be used to collect evidence to tighten legal cases against hatemongers.

"All counties have proved to be hotspots because of agitation for political seats created by devolution. Gubernatorial  and MCA contests are coming across as the most competitive and have caused tension in all regions," she said.

The NCIC also wants to be involved in vetting candidates contesting various positions.

"This will enable us to lock out anyone making tribal remarks and inciting communities to war at public rallies," she said, adding that it would be good if NCIC were given the power to clear candidates vying for elective positions.

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