Kikuyu Music: Hate Speech Complaint by Wawira Njiru
Dear Kyalo Mwengi,
I am writing to you (in your capacity) as the Senior Legal Officer for the National Cohesion and Integration Commission about some recently produced Kikuyu music that in my opinion constitutes hate speech and has very tribal connotations that are not in line with the NCIC’s guidelines on non-discrimination on grounds of race, ethnicity or religion and promoting cohesion and integration.
An interpretation of these has been done here.
By all means, I fail to see how this is in line with discouraging ethnicity and discrimination and in fact promotes these vices.
As a Kikuyu speaking Kenyan, I fully understand the language used in the songs as well as the implications this can have in fuelling hate among members of the Kikuyu tribe and animosity towards members of other tribes.
I would like to request that you urgently deal with this matter and if possible charge the musicians in question with using hate speech to set a precedent for others who might want to use music as an avenue to do the same.
I look forward to your response to the matter at hand.
Food For Education Trust,