After days of speculating and demanding answers from the Deputy President William Ruto and his allied leaders over their frequent use of ‘Watu flani’ remarks, Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu has officially written a letter to the DCI on the same.
Revealing the details of the letter on Tuesday through his Facebook account, Ngunjiri communicated that he will not stay silent and watch a script that was played to devastating consequences in 2007 being unleashed again by William Ruto and his team.
In his letter dated 15th of September 2020 to the head of DCI George Kinoti, Ngunjiri complained to the investigative agency urging it to investigate on what he termed as a Coordinated and Strategic use of Political Terms by Emurua Dikkir MP Johana Ng’eno and his Kapseret counterpart Oscar Sudi during their recent political address.
While noting the alleged use of ‘Watu Flani’ (certain people) remarks by the two MPs, Ngunjiri claimed that such ambiguous political terms could be considered harmless at the moment but might have deeper meanings which could cause political unrest and inter-ethnic conflict in 2022.
He further accuses the Dp of fanning tribal animosity between the Kalenjins and Kikuyus in Rift Valley to force the Mt. Kenya region tore the line and throw their support behind his candidature in 2022.
“In light of this, I would like to officially bring to your attention the use of phrases ‘Watu Flani‘ and ‘Watu Wengine’ during political rallies by several key politicians, the most recent being Hon Johana Ng’eno, Hon Oscar Sudi, HE The Deputy President William Ruto among others.
Ngunjiri claimed the use of the two phrases could be used to refer to particular Kenyan Political Families, Kenyan Economic Sector while others fear that these phrases could as easily refer to certain ethnic communities.
He added that the two phrases must be viewed as being as dangerous as the ‘madoadoa‘ and ‘kwekwe’ phrases allegedly used widely to propagate the 2007-2008 post-election violence.
While asking the DCI to keenly investigate the two phrases, Ngunjiri stated that should the two words be found inciting, then appropriate charges should be prefered against anyone who has used these phrases in political rallies.
“2007 started like this in 2005. Attacks against the first family then – that somehow extended to attacks on whole communities. Normal words, used innocently publicly, but with hidden meanings known only to a few. Nothing challenged, until it was too late.
Today we will challenge every such ambiguity. We will hold anyone who tries #dogwhistle politics to account, for every word they (mis)use.
Otherwise we would have to admit that as 2020 builds up to 2022, we have learnt absolutely nothing from how 2005 built up to 2007,” read Wambugu’s post on Facebook