Kenya: Three musicians accused of propagating hate speech

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Kenya:
Three musicians accused of propagating hate speech

Three popular live musicians – John De’ Mathew, Muigai wa Njoroge and Kamande wa Kioi – have been accused of propagating hate speech.

The Mugithi singers, who are popular live musicians, are allegedly singing songs in Kikuyu language that border on ‘hate speech’ against Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who is one of the contenders for the top seat in 2013-elections.

Chair of the National Cohesion and Integration Act, Mzalendo Kibunjia, said the commission will ban the music if the probe establishes that the songs violate the National Cohesion and Integration Act. The commission hired the services of a certified translator to interpret the three vernacular songs and determine whether, as claimed, the songs contained tribal, divisive and inflammatory messages.

Radio stations risk being fined one million Kenyan shillings if found guilty of playing inciting music, while the artist faces up to three years in prison or a fine of one million shillings, or both, if found guilty.

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission is investigating the songs ‘Mwaka wa Hiti’ composed by De Mathew, ‘Hague bound’ by Muigai wa Njoroge, and ‘Uhuru ni Witu’ by Kamande wa Kioi.

Sources

AfricaNews.com – 28 June 2012:
Kenya: Musicians probed over hate speech

AllAfrica – 29 June 2012:
Kenya: Musicians to Be Charged for Hate Speech

KBC – 26 June 2012:
NCIC investigates musicians over hate speech



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