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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I don't regret Kajiado remarks, Raila says, dismisses calls for incitement probe

Opposition leader Raila Odinga receives Kajiado politician Tarayia ole Kores to ODM party in Maili 46, Kajiado West, June 15, 2017. /KURGAT MARINDANY
Opposition leader Raila Odinga receives Kajiado politician Tarayia ole Kores to ODM party in Maili 46, Kajiado West, June 15, 2017. /KURGAT MARINDANY

Opposition chief Raila Odinga has dismissed as "absolute nonsense" calls that he be probed for allegedly issuing hate remarks in Kajiado.

The NASA flag bearer was quoted telling the Maasai community not to sell their ancestral territory to "outsiders".

The remarks sparked fury from Jubilee leaders who called upon the NCIC and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to probe Raila for incitement.

More on this: Probe Raila over 'hate' remarks, Jubilee asks NCIC

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But in an address to the media on Monday, Raila said nothing he mentioned requires an investigation.

"You are wasting your valid time with investigations. What are you investigating?" he posed.

The ODM leader said President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee administration must implement the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation's Commission's report on land injustices.

"Jubilee ndio wanaongea juu wamekuwa na hofu. Wanaona Kenya imeanza kuchemka na wanatafuta excuses. Sina majuto...nichunguzwe nimefanya nini (Jubilee leaders are making allegations because they are worried. They are looking for excuses because they can see temperatures are rising. I do not have any regrets. What have I done to warrant an investigation)?" he posed.

Raila added that Jubilee has resorted to "scaremongering" as this is the only approach they have left.

"Hakuna makosa yoyote nimefanya. Hapo wamekula hu...hakuna uhalifu wowote (I have done nothing wrong. There will not find any fault). In fact, they should have praised me for the work they could not do," he said.

Raila further said none of the investigating agencies have requested him to record a statement.

"Jubilee is sensationalising the comments made in Kajiado firstly because they have messed up the land charters," he said.

Also read: 'Desperate' Uhuru spreading rumours, Raila says over incitement claims

Earlier, ODM secretary general Agnes Zani said NASA will economically and socially empower the Maa community and all others facing marginalisation.

Zani issued a statement in response to claims Raila incited the Maa while on a tour of Kajiado county last week.

"No amount of twisting words will negate this noble intention. Many other communities including those in the Coast need empowerment, something the government has not been able to do," she said.

More on this: NASA will empower Maa community, Zani says after Raila incitement claims

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