Dear Mzalendo Kibunjia, it’s called blowing off steam. The fact that a person can go online and just post what’s on their mind does not necessarily mean that they intend to act upon their thoughts. Of all the so called tribal and hate speech that NCIC is overly concerning themselves with online, not a single person has even been injured ever since the first Kenyan got online.
Let’s call a spade a spade. It’s just plain cowardice to go after minnows when the sharks are busy propagating and inciting folk in public and in broad daylight. Are you telling us that NCIC is oblivious to the fact that long after elections were done certain parties were intent on rabble rousing in this great country of ours? Wow. Deaf, dumb (with emphasis) and gleefully blind.
Perhaps the problem is rooted in the fact that Mzalendo Kibunjia and his team do not understand comprehensively or even superficially the legal ramifications, thresholds and parameters of hate speech. 100% of their accusations and charges are dismissed in court! While NCIC inconveniences the little people and embarrasses those they can, the real hate mongers, the real criminals’ blast propaganda and mobilize thugs so as to disrupt the fragile peace we have.
Just like the complicit Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) at the International Criminal Court usurped justice for the victims of PEV with a total lack of investigation, the NCIC usurp justice by refusing to even define what hate speech really is. NCIC refuse to even lightly caution politicians, they refuse to even politely tell them to shut up. Instead, they choose to make a mockery of constitutional rights by infringing on the freedom of expression on social media.
Yes, complicit. If there would be a wave of propaganda that leads to any single death then NCIC is guilty of that death as if they actually slashed that person with a machete. When you are in a position of influence even if not real power and you do not use that little influence to stem the tide of negativity that threatens to tear our society apart you are as guilty of every single death that occurs just as if you were a mastermind of the conflict.
Is NCIC really an outfit that was created to be a facebook prefect or monitor twitter? How ludicrous! In a 24 hour period from Thursday 21st march to Friday 22nd March, Kenyans on Twitter generated over 15,000 tweets in a hash tag battle with Nigerians, an international social media war that became international news because of how widespread the battle reached. So tell us, Mzalendo, does NCIC have the resources to monitor over 15,000 tweets and counter tweets covering the entire continent of Africa and reaching as far as Asia in just 24 hours? No, of course not.
Maybe NCIC needed to find a way to justify what appears to be a social media addiction. I hear that an addiction to social media generates the same neurological responses as a cocaine addiction. Poor NCIC, they may need rehab it seems.
Let’s face the facts. There are, individuals who are very mentally ill, who post stuff online that indicate that they will eventually become violent. But to find entire communities of strangers, some of whom go by names like “Mkenyalito”, who are capable of not just talking trash about other ethnicities but to go so far as to act out their violent words is nearly impossible. Yes, some of it is indeed hate speech, but I doubt you can do anything with an anonymous profile user. It’s an effort in futility; I suppose NCIC want to justify their undeserved salaries. In my view they should actually pay Kenyans back whatever they have earned so far, with interest seeing as the sum total of their results is nil.
Freedom of expression may take an ugly turn, but it is a freedom which, on social media, cannot be curbed. You cannot stop people from expressing what’s on their mind even if you do not agree with it. It could be, that the so called “Arab spring” that was fanned by social media is what is really worrying the NCIC. They are worried, that if Kenyans keep expressing themselves online, they might, just might find that commonality, that one burden that they all share. NCIC must be petrified that Kenyans on Twitter will one day unite to fight voraciously not just the Nigerians, but the very politicians that NCIC protects by refusing to prosecute.
Oh my. What a glorious battle that will be; why I do believe that the day that unification of Kenyans occurs online, both facebook and twitter servers will be overwhelmed with the hash tag battle posts. “# someone tell Kenyan Politicians” will be the mother of all wars and I assure you that not a single one of these politicians that Mzalendo protects with his complicit silence will survive. Not a single one. That day is coming NCIC, and there is nothing you can do to stop it from happening. Nothing.