On Monday, September 4, Mumias East MP Peter Salasya came under fire over his poor grasp of climate change matters.
In a video that went viral, the DAP-K legislator was asked how he was championing climate change in his constituency and if he had a plan to help the country fight climate change.
Initially, Salasya was asked why people had gathered at KICC, to which he explained it was due to climate change, emphasizing its reality in light of global warming.
“I think I was in Mombasa last week and it was so cold and I asked them what was not happening.
“They told me it’s because of…ati jua imekua mingi, ice inamelt. Ikishamelt so nini inakua baridi, hio nini,” Salasya said.
As such, Kenyans took to social media calling Salasya out for struggling to construct complete sentences while explaining his points.
However, on Tuesday, September 5, the first-term MP fired back at those critiquing him over his poor understanding of matters to do with climate change.
In a statement, the lawmaker said those criticizing him should try to vie for political office with their excellent mastery of English.
Salasya, who is never afraid of speaking his mind further insisted that Kenyan politics remain local and that he was not elected to talk about climate change.
“All those criticizing me on Twitter on how I responded on #spm about #climatechange wakwende Uko na kizungu Yao wasimame kura pia wawe wabunge. Let them go with their English and vie for office to become MPs in their constituencies. Politics ni local wakwende na kizungu Yao. I was not elected to talk about climate change muskie,” he said.
The 2023 Africa Climate Summit is currently ongoing at the Kenyatta International Conventional Center (KICC) in which President William Ruto, his deputy Rigathi Gahagua and opposition leader Raila Odinga are in attendance.