Kenya won't shut internet over hate speech states Cs Matiang'i

by Helvine Achieng
July 2, 2021

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i has recently  said that  Kenya’s social media will not be shut down over hate speech.Speaking during the launch of the NCIC Strategic Plan launch at Bomas of Kenya, the CS, however, warned that hate speech will be dealt with ruthlessly.


"Kenya’s social media will not be shut down over hate speech. However, we will be very ruthless when it comes to those who interfere with others' freedoms.

“We will not hesitate or be intimidated by pressures or complaints from anybody. We will protect Kenya,” he said.


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“However, we will be very ruthless when it comes to those who interfere with others' freedoms...we will not hesitate or be intimidated by pressures or complaints from anybody. We will protect Kenya,” he said.


Matiang'i said the security sector will do its part to protect Kenya ahead of the elections.


“…we will not do things like switching off internet, it will not happen here.. we will not harass people but because we are confident, we will act according to the law and call people to account,” he said.

“To those who break the law, we will arrange a good meeting between you and the law. Any threats to the vision of Kenya should me met with the full force of law.. ”

“I want to assure the country that we will do our part and role.. this country is a democracy. We are a democracy by choice and it was not imposed on us,” he said.


Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu echoed similar sentiments noting that the judiciary will play its role in maintaining and enhancing social cohesion.

"In resolving disputes, particularly those relating to hate speech, violence, incitement to violence and intolerance, the Judiciary plays a key role in maintaining and enhancing social cohesion through upholding the rule of law,” stated  Mwilu.