Meru Senator Mithika Linturi has come out to defend himself over his utterance during United Democratic Alliance (UDA) rally in Eldoret sports club, Uasin Gishu County which has caused an uproar.
Mithika says he meant people of Rift Valley should not elect politicians who do not support UDA and William Ruto’s presidential ambitions.
In his Tweet, Linturi said people instead misinterpreted his ‘madoadoa’ statement to mean Uasin Gishu residents should flush out Kikuyus.
“Even the Most Unobservant dullard knows that by “Madoadoa” I meant those who do not support UDA. I was simply asking the UDA people not to Elect them but indefatigable bootlickers choose to Translate in their own terms,” Linturi wrote on Twitter.
The Senator has been accused of hate speech and inciting violence among Uasin Gishu people, by his statement when is said; those people who do not support DP Ruto’s presidential ambition should be evicted.
“We want to be in the government that is coming. You people of Uasin Gishu should not play with Kenya. I call upon you to remove all the ‘madoadoa’ amongst you,
“We cannot be supporting William Ruto as the Mt Kenya region and there are some people here in Uasin Gishu that are not supporting him…Are you ready to remove them?…,” uttered Linturi.
Several leaders have come out to condemn the utterance saying it will be of a great impact considering we are in an electioneering year.
They have argued that Linturi’s statement in Rift Valley could open wounds, especially after the region was largely affected by the 2007 Post Election Violence.
Leading in the confrontation, Gatundu South Mp, Moses Kuria who is receiving treatment in Dubai has called on the DP to speak to his allies to be keen on their choice of words.
“I am a close friend of the Deputy President. However, I am far. If you are in Eldoret and near here tell him to rebuke his allies.
“It doesn’t matter whether these remarks were said by Linturi or Oscar Sudi (Kapseret MP),” he wrote on Twitter.
The Azimio side led by Suna East MP and ODM’s Communication secretary have also condemned Linturi.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui on his part said it is an assault of Peace and harmony for the people in the Rift Valley Region.
Last year in October, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission NCIC started a campaign mapping out the hotspot areas to educate people on the importance of Peace and Unit ahead of the General elections.
“Our mandate is to investigate individuals, politicians and musicians spewing messages of incitement and hate speech before handing over the evidence to the Director of Public Prosecutions,” stated Killian Nyambu NCIC Deputy Director in charge of Civic Education and Advocacy.
They promised to educate the youths to avoid being by politicians to cause violence.