NAIROBI, Kenya April 24 – CORD leader Kalonzo Musyoka on Thursday afternoon drew the wrath of social media users after he was accused of ethnically profiling a journalist during the coalition’s news conference.
Kenyans lashed out at Musyoka on social media terming his actions as unfortunate, coming from a leader in a democratic State.
They developed the hash tag #SomeoneTellKalonzoMusyoka which went on to trend on Twitter.
One user tweeted: #SomeoneTellKalonzoMusyoka He is indeed a Watermelon as another said; #SomeoneTellKalonzoMusyoka I am not going to vote for him next time coz I do not believe this country deserves to have such leaders in power.
Another user tweeted: #SomeoneTellKalonzoMusyoka Even if he apologizes we have known what kind of a ‘leader’ he is!!
Another user went on: #SomeoneTellKalonzoMusyoka attacking a journalist based on his last name is pedestrian, unacceptable & uncouth.” Other comments went like this: #SomeoneTellKalonzoMusyoka that was press conference not public rally.. It was in bad taste Kalonzo shld take responsibility; from a distance, he looks like a decent politician. Until he opened his mouth, #SomeoneTellKalonzoMusyoka”.
During the briefing Musyoka turned down QTV’s reporter Kennedy Murithi’s question saying that his name betrayed him.
“You know young man everybody is entitled to their own opinion. First of all we did not even get your name” (the journalist then says his name) “Thank you Kennedy Murithi, that name betrays it all, thank you I have nothing else to say, I have nothing else to say,” Musyoka responded.
In a statement to newsrooms Musyoka alleged that Murithi asked a misleading question without identifying himself or the media he works for adding that he did not mean to demean “the young man.”
“I felt he had asked a misleading question and my answer to him was that his assumed political tilt was evident and reflective of the very polarised society that Kenya has become.”
“I in no way intended to neither demean the young man, nor do I or would I harbour any animosity toward him,” he explained.
Musyoka said that he does not hold any ill feelings but instead works for the cohesion of the country by supporting leaders from different communities.
The statement further read, “to the contrary I have tirelessly worked for cohesion in this country and in my lifetime supported many leaders from various communities to include the Kalenjin, Luo, Kikuyu, Coast and this is common knowledge.”
The former vice president in his statement further apologised to the media fraternity and said that he had met with Murithi and they buried the hatchet.