National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has called for arrest of Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu over incitement remarks targeting Somali herders.
Duale who is also the Garissa Town MP was reacting to an audio clip that is doing rounds on social media where Governor Ngilu is heard saying she was ready to arm Kamba youths so that they could deal with ‘annoying’ Somali herders.
He said the remarks were uncalled for as they could cause unnecessary tension between the two communities.
“ Within the next 48 hours, if Charity Ngilu will not record a statement then we’ll put a question on the floor of the house and summon her,” said the Majority Leader.
He called for amicable solution to the issue which if not checked could culminate to bad blood between pastoralists and the farming communities.
“We’re ready to sit down as leaders from Kitui County, Tana River County and from North Eastern to resolve the issue,” he said.
In the recording that has gone viral, the governor is heard vowing to arm youths from her Kamba community to deal with ‘annoying’ herders who had frustrated residents by herding their camels into farms.
” Don’t think those guns are so powerful, I will give you money to get some and train our men on how to use a gun, bows and arrows so that we deal with them, that is the only option left,” says Ngilu in Kikamba.
The audio tape has raised a furore online with a section of Kenyans calling for her arrest over incitement.
The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) later confirmed the audio clip was captured in 2018 but added investigations were ongoing.
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