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Nyeri women demand apology over slur language

Women in Nyeri County today demanded the unconditional apology from two legislators over insults directed at President Uhuru Kenyatta and the former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta.

The women threatened to match to Karen office of the Deputy President William Ruto in protest if MPs Johanna Ng’eno (Emurrua Dikir) and Oscar Sudi (Kapseret) do not apologize to Mama Ngina over the insults and bad language they used on her.

Speaking in Nyeri town and led by the local Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO) chairperson Mrs. Purity Ngunjiri, the women condemned the utterances saying that President Uhuru Kenyatta and the first family deserve respect from the leaders.

The women spoke as leaders across the political divide continue to condemn the utterances and demand apologies from the two legislators.

 

They expressed fear that the utterances were likely to whip ethnic emotions and lead to political violence as the 2022 election approaches.

 

“The women and children suffer more during political violence and we do not want a repeat of the 2007/08 post-election violence,” said Nyeri deputy governor Ms. Caroline Karugu who was also present.

 

They said Kenyan mothers played a very important role in the society and national levels and insulting Mama Ngina was equally insulting Kenyan mothers.

 

The MPs Johanna Ng’eno and Oscar Sudi have been recorded uttering unsavoury remarks against Uhuru and the first family.

 

Ng’eno was yesterday charged in a Nakuru court with hate speech and offensive conduct and denied the charges.

By Mwangi Gaitha

 

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