Kenyan Politicians Misunderstanding Hate Speech

04 Apr

The countdown to the Hague has begun and the “Ocampo Six” are making preparations to make their appearance.

But before that two of the accused Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto have been hosting rallies with their supporters. There could be various reasons for this but it is becoming clear through their speeches that they are trying to win the favor of their supporters and possibly even trust and confidence but blaming another party or in this case particularly an individual Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Hate Speech can be described as “A term for speech intended to degrade, intimidate, or incite violence or prejudicial action against someone based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. The term covers written as well as oral communication.

More attention needs to be paid to this, because the law always says that you are “innocent until proven guilty” so why take this route?

The latest update also sheds light on the hiring of top-notch foreign lawyers to fight this out at the Hague. Uhuru Kenyatta is being represented by British lawyers Steven Kay, a Queen’s Counsel, and Gilian Kay Higgins. The two defended former Yogoslav warlord Slobodan Milosevic at the (ICTY).

This will be an interesting time for Kenya because their representation will be reflective of the post violence and the people of Kenya.

The others are former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali, Tinderet MP Henry Kosgei, Radio Presenter Joseph Arap Sang and former Permanent Secretary Francis Muthaura.

Leave a comment

Posted by on April 4, 2011 in Uncategorized


Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: