Starehe Member of Parliament Charles ‘Jaguar’ Kanyi has spoken out on his recent xenophobic remarks.
The musician turned singer was arrested outside Parliament midday on Wednesday(26.06.19) and taken to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters for questioning.
Shortly after, Jaguar posted a message on his social media platforms saying that his remarks were misinterpreted and that all foreigners are welcome to Kenya.
My recent sentiments over the invading of our market by foreigners have been greatly misinterpreted.I mean peace for the country and businesses should go on uninterupted and all foreigners are welcome to our country. pic.twitter.com/1KqaGUYGgd
— Hon. Jaguar (@RealJaguarKenya) June 26, 2019
In a video that has gone viral on social media, Jaguar is heard telling foreigners engaged in business in his constituency to shut down and vacate the country failure to which they will be forcefully removed, in what police now say amounts to incitement.
Kenyans on Twitter have reacted to the unfolding events with Jaguar’s supporters calling on the police to release the ‘Kipepeo’ hitmaker and others condemning him for his remarks making Jaguar a number one trending topic on the platform.
Fellow musician Prezzo has called out Jaguar for making such remarks as a leader. He added that everyone is just trying to make a living and sometimes the journey takes people to foreign lands to do so.
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My brother @jaguarkenya sijui nianzie wapi lakini matamshi yako ya jana hayakuleta shangwe kamwe. Maana ya kiongozi ni kuwaongoza watu wako kwa njia mwafaka na sio vita au uchonganishi hasa hasa kwa majirani zetu Tanzania na Uganda. Sisi wote tunatafuta riziki duniani ili tuweze kulisha familia zetu na kujenga nchi yetu. Kuna wakenya wanatafuta riziki kwa nchi zingine mbali na Kenya so uamuzi wako wa kuipa serikali masaa ishirini na nne kuwatoa wafanyikazi wenye biashara zao ambao sio wakenya ulichemsha. Anyway nakuombea Mungu akupe nguvu ili uweze kuwa kiongozi wa maendeleo. #Rapcellency
According to Capital News, Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna denounced the MP’s remarks saying it is not the government’s official position.
“We wish to state that this is not the position of the government and we denounce the comments carried in the video in the strongest terms possible. Such comments are unfortunate and have no place in today’s ‘global environment,” he pointed out alluding to the video clip.
Oguna has reassured foreign investors in the country of their security. Ministry of Foreign Affairs also condemned Jaguar’s remarks describing them as careless and inciteful.
A statement from the ministry stated Jaguar’s aggressive and ill-tempered language goes against the constitution.