The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has summoned Orange Democratic Movement Party Secretary General Edwin Sifuna and Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa over use of ‘vulgar’ language.
In a statement on Tuesday, December 15, NCIC wants the two leaders to record statements over remarks they made during the Msambweni by-election campaigns over the weekend.
According to the Commission’s Chairperson Samuel Kobia, Sifuna and Jumwa’s statements were reckless and could plunge the country into political intolerance and in turn disrupt peace.
“The use of such political rhetoric and vulgar language is wrong, unethical and shameful, the fact that any leader, especially those of the stature of MP and secretary-general, can even consider using such language is a low point for them and this nation,” Kobia said in a statement.
Kobia also urged politicians to remain civil and ethical at all times adding that the days of intolerant remarks are long gone.
The commission added that it will soon create a wall of fame and shame at its offices for those behave in “an uncouth manner”.
“We will name and fame the leaders and Kenyans who do well but also we will name and shame those who behave in an uncouth manner.” Warned Kobia.
Jumwa and Sifuna were recorded taking on each other using abused language while separately drumming up support for their respective parliamentary candidates in Msambweni.
Kobia expressed concern the remarks attributed to Jumwa and Sifuna might mutate to hate speech thus threatening the peaceful coexistence among Kenyans.
The mini-poll, which turned as a supremacy battle between ODM leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto, was marred by voter bribery claims and chaos.
Ruto’s allies, led by Mr Mvurya, former senators Boni Khalwale, Hassan Omar and Johnson Muthama had led the vigorous campaigns.