NCIC urges leaders to shun divisive, insulting messages

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NCIC Chairman Rev Dr. Samuel Kobia
NCIC Chairman Rev Dr. Samuel Kobia

National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) chairperson Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia has urged leaders to shun divisive messages that seek to divide Kenyans. Speaking after a meeting between new NCIC commissioners and Interior Ministry officials led by CS Fred Matiang’i at Harambee House, the NCIC chair said all leaders whether in government or politics should avoid insulting each other or inciting the public to bad behavior that encourages discord.

He said the new team has come in a good time, when Kenyans have expressed their desires through the BBI report, “What Kenyans have said resonates with the core mandate and the functions of NCIC. In this case, the Commission’s work is cut out for us,” he said.

On his part, CS Matiang’i said now is the time for Kenyans to practice tolerance. “We have to learn to tolerate each other,” he said, “Diversity that we look forward to is not just diversity in our culture, ideology and ways of life, it’s also diversity in thoughts, perspectives, aspirations and in the things that we want.”