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Raila apologises over his ‘Madoadoa’ remarks

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[ODM Leader Raila Odinga. Photo/Courtesy].

ODM Leader Raila Odinga has apologised over his Madoadoa remarks during a tour of the Azimio La Umoja Movement in Wajir County on Wednesday, March, 9th.

On Friday, Odinga regretted using the ‘Madoadoa’ (a Swahili word that translates to spots) remarks saying his statement has been taken out of context.

He spoke few hours after the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) summoned him over the remarks.

“In Wajir all the candidates that came were from the Azimio Movement and said the region is for Azimio. I stood up and lauded them and said that the region is for Azimio and therefore I did not mean that we do not want any other tribe in the region,” he said during a tour of Kisumu County.

The ODM Leader however apologoised saying he regretted the remarks and especially if some people were offended by them.

“If there is anyone who did not get me right, I want to tell them that I am so sorry. Since we do not discriminate any Kenyan because of their tribe,” he said.

The Madoadoa phrase is often used to rally voters behind what is termed as a six-piece voting, however, it also carries a negative connotation of ethnic cleansing.

Madoadoa word evokes memories of the 2007-2008 post-election violence.

The same phrase recently so Meru Senator Mithika Linturi arrested and charged before court, however the charges pressed against him were dropped after the prosecution failed to press charges against him.

Defense

On his part, Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo scoffed at NCIC for summoning Odinga.

Amollo said Raila’s Madoadoa phrase was taken out of context and should not be regarded as hate speech.

“If they cannot differentiate, we are going to summon all the senior lawyers and go to NCIC and explain that Madoadoa is never hate speech,” he said.

On Friday, the NCIC stated that it will be seeking to get an explanation from Odinga over the use of the word.

In a statement to newsrooms, the commission’s Chairperson Dr Samuel Kobia said “The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has today summoned Prime Minister Raila Odinga in response to remarks made in his meeting in Wajir county on 9th March 2022.In his remarks, he mentioned the term ‘Madoadoa’ which is considered a hate speech term in Kenya,” he stated.