The NCIC has not met Kenyans’ expectations due to political interference, outgoing chairman Francis ole Kaparo has said.
He said this at a farewell luncheon at Intercontinental hotel in Nairobi on Thursday ahead of the expiry of his term this month.
Kaparo complained that politicians “hugely undermined” he and his teams’ efforts in the fight against negative ethnicity.
“It gives me a headache that we have not achieved much to bring Kenyans together – the main mandate of the commission. “This is because of political interference, but even as I quit the position, I will dedicate my life to uniting Kenyans.”
He noted that unity is a matter of urgency.
The outgoing chairman went on to say that politicians use Kenyans’ diverse cultures, “real or imagined”, to achieve their political dreams.
“Politicians see divisions among our people as opportunities [to apply] their expedient strategies,” he said.
He also faulted Kenyans who embrace identity politics, diving themselves along ethnic lines and viewing other groups as adversaries.