After a long day of heightened political bravado between President Uhuru Kenyatta’s and William Ruto’s supporters, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi remains defiant over his remarks he made on Monday disparaging the head of state and his mother, Mama Ngina.
Sudi who yesterday evening sounded apologetic for his utterances, now says that his comments were taken out of context and that he at no moment abused Mama Ngina.
The outspoken Member of Parliament took to social media to set the record straight, saying that him and Ng’eno are victims of the government’s quest to silence dissenting voices who are questioning Uhuru’s regime.
“I wish to state that I didn’t abuse anybody’s mother; I remember mentioning both Mama Ngina and my own mother. Why are people so concerned about my speech yet I only passed the message that all mothers are equal and they all deserve respect? My colleague Johanna Ng’eno was arrested for just mentioning Mama Ngina’s name. Are we being hunted just because we are sons of the poor?” wrote Sudi on Facebook.
His comments come hours after Emurua Dikirr MP Johanna Ng’eno was presented before a Nakuru Court to answer to charges of incitement.
Ng’eno has since been remanded for two more days pending a ruling on his bail on Thursday, September 10.
Earlier in the day National Cohesion and Integration Commission warned leaders against making inflammatory remarks that may cause unnecessary tension in the country.
“The Commission is concerned with the utterances that have caused intolerance among a section of Kenyans. We implore all Kenyans to exercise restraint and tolerance while relevant agencies are looking into the matter.”
And even as Oscar Sudi continues to face more scrutiny and condemnation over his remarks, politicians allied to Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga came out guns blazing, accusing the Deputy President William Ruto of using his juniors to attack the head of state.
Kieni MP Kanini Kega called on DP William Ruto to publicly apologise on behalf of his allies who abused President Kenyatta.
— Hon. Junet Mohamed, CBS (@JunetMohamed) September 8, 2020
Suna East MP Junet Mohamed pointed fingers at Ruto saying: “It is dishonest for William Ruto to send his people to insult other leaders including the President then pretend to be telling them to stop.”
Others called for the arrest and prosecution of Oscar Sudi for abusing the president and his mother.
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru lead a group of women leaders in condemning the Kapsaret Mp, and said Ruto should resign for allowing his lieutenants to disparage the president.