Raila apologises for 'madoadoa' remarks

While addressing the crowd in Kisumu, Raila said that he was misunderstood.

In Summary

• Raila on Wednesday had told Wajir residents to back the Azimio la Umoja movement candidates only in the forthcoming general elections slated for August 9.

• He went ahead to say that his remarks are different from Senator Linturi’s remarks that were made in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu during the UDA rally.

ODM leader Raila Odinga arrives in Kisumu together with Governor Anyang Nyong'o
ODM leader Raila Odinga arrives in Kisumu together with Governor Anyang Nyong'o

ODM leader Raila Odinga has defended his 'madoadoa' remark that he made during a rally in Wajir.

While addressing the crowd in Kisumu, Raila said that he was misunderstood.

NCIC wants Raila to explain in which context he used the term madoadoa during the Azimio la Umoja rally in Wajir.

Raila on Wednesday had told Wajir residents to back the Azimio la Umoja movement candidates only in the forthcoming general elections slated for August 9.

He said that the movement has many parties that have come together to unite the country, hence, the need to vote for them.

He said that during the Wajir rally, he was responding to the move made by the aspirants who were from Azimio.

“Kama kuna mtu yeyote ambaye hakunielewa vizuri, ambaye ameona kama kuna makosa, pole sana, pole sana,” Raila said.

Loosely translated to:  If there are people who did not understand me well, those who are saying I made a mistake, I am sorry.

He went ahead to say that his remarks are different from Senator Linturi’s remarks that were made in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu during the UDA rally.

He said that Linturi’s comments were targeting certain community members leaving in Rift Valley, while his was about politics.

“Mimi nilisema Wajir hakuna chama ngine, hapa Kisumu hakuna madoadoa, Kisumu ni Azimio pia (I said that there is no other party in Wajir apart from Azimio, here in Kisumu, there is no any spot, its Azimio),” he said.

His remarks attracted reaction from the side of DP William Ruto, who claimed that the investigation bodies were reluctant to take action against him.


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