The National Cohesion and Integration Commission has been on the receiving end from the general public concerning the hatemongering that has been flying around Kenya’s political atmosphere.
In all the condemnation about the NCIC, however, many Kenyans seem not to understand the real mandate of NCIC and it is supposed to do. I have decided to let Kenyans know what NCIC stands for and what is expected of the commission. This is not to defend the commission on where it might have gone wrong but in most cases, we have been bashing them wrongly on things that are not within their fold.
NCIC is a statutory body that was established under the National Cohesion and Integration Act of 2008. The commission is mandated to facilitate the elimination of all forms of ethnic discrimination and proactively promote tolerance, understanding, and acceptance of diversity, peaceful coexistence and unity.
The commission is also mandated with facilitating and promoting equal opportunity, good relations, harmony and peaceful co-existence of persons of different ethnic and racial communities and advice the government on all matters thereof.
It is also under the mandate of the commission to eliminate all forms of ethnic and racial discrimination and discourage persons, institutions, political parties and associations from advocating or promoting discrimination, enhance tolerance, understanding, and acceptance of diversity in all aspects of national life.
Other roles of the commission include:
Wondering about the mandate of NCIC? There you have it.