NCIC Goes After Sonko, Arati & Osoro

  • Former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko (left), Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati and South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro.
    Former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko (left), Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati and South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro.
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  • National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) is targeting politicians who breached the code of conduct governing elections and political parties.

    Speaking to the media on Wednesday, February 3, NCIC Chairman Samuel Kobia unveiled a list of shame detailing names of individuals whose utterances or actions incited the public during the month of January. 

    The list includes former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko, Emurua Dikirr MP Johana Ng'eno, Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati and South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro.

    National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) chairman Samuel Kobia (centre) and his team.
    National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) chairman Samuel Kobia (centre) and his team.

    The goons who initiated violence in both Burma market and Githurai during Deputy President William Ruto and ODM Party leader Raila Odinga's tours respectively, were also included in the list.

    According to Kobia, those on the list contravened Chapter 6 of the constitution which details the code of conduct and responsibilities of leaders and those holding state offices.

    "A State officer shall behave, whether in public and official life, in private life, or in association with other persons, in a manner that avoids: any conflict between personal interests and public or official duties, compromising any public or official interest in favour of a personal interest or demeaning the office the officer holds," reads part of the constitution.

    Kobia noted that the exercise would be conducted monthly. Those who appeared on the list three times would be barred from either seeking an elective post or serving in any national position.

    The NCIC chairman also mentioned two legislators whose names appear on the list of fame owing to their efforts to unite Kenyans. These were MP Fafi, Abdikadir Osman and Charity Kathambi MP Njoro. NCIC commended their efforts and urged others to emulate them.

    Kobia recently noted that the commission was coming up with measures to ensure the country is peaceful and united ahead of the elections.

    He unveiled a multi agency committee aimed at carrying out civic education on the public about peace and cohesion, devise conflict resolution mechanisms and actualise transformational and servant leadership in line with NCIC’s roadmap for peaceful elections.

    The committee includes members drawn from State agencies such as Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP).

    As the political scene kicks into high gear ahead of the 2022 elections, a section of politicians are notorious for inciting the public in order to further their agenda.

    This was seen in the recent burial of Kisii deputy governor Joash Maangi’s father Abel Gongera, which turned chaotic after Arati and Osoro traded blows following disparaging remarks made by the Dagoretti MP against Deputy President William Ruto.

    MPs Simba Arati (left) and Sylvanus Osoro clash at the funeral
    Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati (left) and hos South Mugirango colleague Sylvanus Osoro clash at a funeral in Kisii on Monday, February 1, 2021
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