National Cohesion and Integration Commission Chairman (NCIC) Francis Ole Kaparo has put Whatsapp admins on notice saying they are liable for hate posts circulated in groups.
The Chairman said they will be held accountable for fueling violence ahead of the August 8 elections.
The former Speaker said the commission is monitoring groups to deal with “terrible people on social media who aim to cause unnecessary tension in the country”.
“Tell administrators of WhatsApp groups fanning hate speech that we are coming for them,” he said.
According to Ole Kaparo, 21 WhatsApp platforms identified by the government are encouraging incitement and hate speech.
“Some of these social media sites will be shut down,” he said during an election preparedness meeting on Monday.
The chairman further said they are working with police on a major crackdown on individuals who misuse social media and encouraged tolerance amongst Kenyans.
“Kenyans should accept the fact that everyone must be heard…every candidate has a following,” he said.
NASA presidential candidate, Raila Odinga was on Thursday heckled in Murang’a county and stones hurled at him in Thika. DP William Ruto was also booed during Jubilee’s tour of the area on Wednesday.
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