Nairobi, 12 January, 2022 / 9:04 pm (ACI Africa).
The recent cases of hate speech from politicians in Kenya is an issue of concern for a Kenyan Catholic Bishop who has described the talks as “retrogressive” and called for an end to utterances that threaten the peace of the East African nation.
In an interview with ACI Africa, Bishop John Oballa Owaa who heads the Commission for Promotion of Integral Human Development of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) also urged politicians vying for elective seats at the August 8 general elections to embrace human dignity in their respective political campaigns.
“Hate speech goes against the relationship we ought to have as a country and anything that goes against that is retrogressive,” Bishop Oballa told ACI Africa Wednesday, January 12.
The Local Ordinary of the Catholic Diocese of Ngong added, “Making statements that undermine the dignity of people, that threatens human fraternity and solidarity threatens the peace of a country.”
“Elections have always been here with us and in every society, there is always competition,” he said, and explained, “By competition it does it mean that we pull one another down or create tension. When you are in a competition it does not mean mudslinging about their opponents or those in the opposing team.”