Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala has been put on the spot over utterances he made during a political rally in Bungoma County.
The Kenya Kwanza brigade led by ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi and Senator Moses Wetangula were joined by other leaders for rallies in Tongaren, Malava, Mechimeru, Sirisia and Matayos.
Speaking during one of the meetings, Malala was heard making humiliating remarks about police officers.
Standing atop a car’s bonnet, the Senator argued that the police service should be reserved for people who idle around towns and school dropouts.
He said the job should not require a recruitment process, noting that a healthy person who is not disabled is a perfect fit for the job.
“Chukua lorry ingiza vijana, achana na mambo ya Form Four certificate. Bora vijana wana miguu mbili na mikono mbili waende wafanye kazi kama askari. Kazi ya askari si nikushika bunduki tu pekee yake? Hiyo inahitaji masomo yoyote kweli?
“Kama mtu alienda Form Four na akapata C+, tumpeleke University asome, kazi ya askari ni ya hawa jamaa ambao wako hapa na waliacha shule,” Malala said amid cheers from the crowd.
Notably, Malala was making this remarks as a police officer who donned his full uniform followed closely while at the rally where he was offering security.
Reacting to the video, celebrity officer Sammy Ngare urged the Senator to issue an apology over the humiliating remarks.
In an update on social media, Ngare disagreed with Malala, arguing that there are officers who are engineers and doctors among other professions.
“Gone are the days that a police officer would be recruited and employed based on their Form 4 grades. And even then; the soo called failures have improved themselves by going back to class and defining their destiny not on the merit of 844 performance but on other areas
“It’s really sad that we still live in an era where the job of a police officer is defined by their 844 performance. The police work is not about miguu mbili and mikono mbili,” Ngare said.
The National Police Service (NPS) also reacted to the video terming it as unfortunate and demeaning to the service.
“We as NPS fraternity, including our dear family and friends, are utterly disappointed with such unwarranted and outrageous remarks, which we find too demeaning and only aimed at scandalising a noble profession deployed in service and the good of the public,” said NPS.
Malala has since been forced to issue an apology after his remarks caused an uproar across social media as Kenyans demanded an apology from the MP.
Following the piling pressure, the Senator ate the humble pie and issueis an apology saying his remarks were taken out of context.
“Public Apology To Our Disciplined Men and Women in Uniform. My attention has been drawn to a video circulating on social media about my utterances on the Police. I wish to categorically state that my remarks were taken totally out of context
“Their importance to us cannot be underscored. It is in light of this that I wish to withdraw my remarks and apologise to our disciplined forces for the discomfort my remarks may have caused,” he said.
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