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Uproar over Sonko albino slur, demands mount for apology

Through its chairman Isaac Mwaura the Albinism Society of Kenya demanded an apology from Sonko, terming his utterances unacceptable of a leader of his caliber/LABAN WANAMBISI

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 20 – Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has come under fire from the Albinism Society of Kenya over a discriminatory comment he made about Peter Kenneth who is challenging him for the Jubilee Party ticket in the Nairobi gubernatorial contest.

Through its chairman Isaac Mwaura the group demanded an apology from Sonko, terming his utterances unacceptable of a leader of his caliber.

“It is totally uncalled for to use our condition in derogatory terms in orders to settle political scores. Mr Sonko should know that persons with albinism are Kenyans too and who have a right to be elected into any office. He should stop misleading his supporters that Peter Kenneth has albinism,” Mwaura, who is also a Nominated MP representing the marginalised and the special interest groups said.

Mwaura has threatened to take action against Sonko if he does not apologise and retract the remarks.

“We have given Sonko an ultimatum of his own conscience and we believe he will want to apologise. I think Sonko should grow up. We will not accept a denial or that him saying he was quoted out of context.”

“To abuse people because of their skin colour is to go against Article 27 of the Constitution which the elected Senator of Nairobi swore to uphold and protect. Sonko should also tell us of what he thinks of our dear First Lady Margret Kenyatta and even US President Barrack Obama,” Mwaura charged.

The Nairobi Senator appeared to pacify the public on his Twitter account saying his remarks were as a result of stinging attacks he received from Kenneth’s proponents who called him a hooligan.

“Kama niliwajamisha interview ya jana poleni nilikuwa na hasira…my opponent aliniita hooligan in public…wenzake wakaniita mbwa ndani ya kanisa,” read the tweet. (I am sorry if I upset you in yesterday’s interview. I was angry. My opponent called me a hooligan in public and the others he was with called me a dog in church.)

Sonko has been opposed to the fronting of Kenneth by some Nairobi MPs as Jubilee Party’s best bet to beat Governor Evans Kidero in the August 8 polls.


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