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Raila Odinga Summoned by NCIC Over His Madoadoa Remarks

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has summoned the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga over his madoadoa remarks.

During a campaign rally in Wajir county, on Wednesday, March 9, the Opposition leader asked the area residents to shun madoadoa in the August 9 elections.

“Hatutaki madoadoa katika kaunti ya Wajir, tunataka viongozi wote wachagulie ndani ya Azimio,” said Raila apparently asking residents to vote in all Azimio candidates for all six elective positions.

In a statement dated Friday, March 11, NCIC said the term madoadoa is considered hate speech and politically insensitive in Kenya.

Raila Odinga addresses the Azimio La Umoja rally in Meru on 3.10. 2022. PHOTO | COURTESY

Raila’s remarks were perceived inciting as Meru senator Mithika Linturi had been arrested and further condemned for uttering the same word during a political rally in Eldoret.

Despite explaining his madoadoa context, his critics on social media demanded that he be arrested like Linturi was.

The word madoadoa caused tension in the run-up to the 2007 General Election and is always deemed politically gross. 

Raila’s summoning by NCIC elicited varied reactions on social media.

Omondi Ochieng said: “Those NCIC guys should apologize or else they should be fired next week. How do you even start summoning baba?”

Jane Wambui said: “The police should arrest him immediately without delay.”

Mwangi Kariuki said: “This is just a drama, Raila can’t be arrested like Linturi, there’s a difference between arrest and summon.”

Raila has been summoned by NCIC over Madoadoa remarks uttered during a rally in Wajir. PHOTO | COURTESY

Jared Ambega said: “How can an Institution summon a bigger Institution?”

Florence Kata: “The context was different from the negativity of the word in RAILA’S mind. It didn’t mean other tribes but vote in a streamlined way.”

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