August 8, 2022

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DPP vows to rein in hate mongers

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Offi ce of the Director of Public Prosecutions has successfully prosecuted 21 cases related to hate speech in the last one year, it emerged yesterday.

Speaking during a forum organised by Center for Multi-party Democracy on safeguarding digital space ahead of elections, Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Lillian Obuo said they have achieved convictions in cases involving incitement to violence and disobedience of law.

Obuo further revealed that they have recorded 77 new cases on incitement out of which 14 earned convictions.

 “Incitement is one area where we still have a big challenge. As much as the prosecution authority is willing, most witnesses refuse to testify.

 We are very committed to our job. We strive to ensure justice is fully served without fear or favour,” she said.

 Last week, Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji vowed to take action against individuals who use free speech to perpetuate hate and divisions during and after the electioneering period.

 He was speaking during commemoration of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

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