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Linturi apologizes over ‘madoadoa’ remarks in Eldoret

In a statement to media houses, the Senator explained that the word was in specific reference to his Parliamentary colleagues from Uasin Gishu County, who do not support UDA.

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Meru Senator Mithika Linturi

Embattled Meru Senator Mithika Linturi has unreservedly apologized over the ‘ondoa madoadoa’ remarks he made in Eldoret, arguing that the words were misconstrued as hate speech.

He said words like ‘madoadoa’, whilst otherwise innocent and legitimate expressions, have in certain contexts come to be understood as representing inflammatory intent.

“This context did not occur to me while I was speaking. On further reflection, and upon the advice of my colleagues, I regretfully concede that my choice of words was unfortunate,” he stated.

This comes hours after the Director of Public Prosecution, Noordin Hajji ordered Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai to launch investigations into the utterances.

In a statement to media houses, the Senator explained that the word was in specific reference to his Parliamentary colleagues from Uasin Gishu County, who do not support UDA.

He added that he used the term ‘ondoa madoadoa’ to urge voters to vote in favour of UDA candidates, given that the country is in a political contest.

“I also take this opportunity to assure all Kenyans of my commitment, both as a citizen and as a leader, to national unity, peace, and cohesion within and among all communities,” he pledged.

Linturi’s sentiments attracted condemnation from leaders, with Governor Lee Kinyanjui saying that ethnopolitical profiling of persons should be discouraged.

“We may have our political differences, but peaceful coexistence is a common asset for all irrespective of political orientation,” he stated in a statement to media houses.

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Here’s IEBC’s 2022 Elections calendar

General Elections are slated for 9th August 2022.

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IEBC officials at a past function.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Jan 17 to Feb 17, 2022:

_~Voters ~Submission countrywide._

Feb 9, 2022:
_~Resignation of public officers intending to vie for elective posts._

April 9, 2022:
_~Submission of names of candidates for primaries._

APRIL16 to APRIL 22, 2022:
_~Party Primaries._

May 2, 2022:
_~Submission of independent candidates’ symbols, letter of intent to vie and clearance from the registrar._

May 9, 2022:
_~Time for those intending to run as independent candidates to resign from parties._

May 9 to May 13, 2022:
_~Gazettement of names of independent candidates and symbols._

May 30 to June 10, 2022:
_~Presidential candidates are nominated and candidates for other seats nominated._

June 20 to June 24, 2022:
_~Publication of names of all nominated candidates._

June 25, 2022:
_~Parties to submit party lists._

May 30 to August 6,2022:
_~Official election campaign period._

AUGUST 9, 2022: ELECTION DAY.

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2017 post-poll police brutality haunts former spokesman Owino

Kenyan police killed at least 33 people in the capital during a crackdown following elections in August 2017, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said.

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Anti-riot police officers corner a protester in Nairobi. Photo/Courtesy

The fierce government crackdown on protestors during the disputed 2017 general elections has come back to haunt former police spokesman Charles Owino.

Owino, who is vying for the Siaya County governorship, says he is often reminded of his then hardline stance whenever he is out in his campaign trails.

“To date, the complaints that were there in 2017 affect my campaigns because I hear some people say you fought us. How come you now want to come and lead us?” he revealed.

Appearing alongside former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar for Citizen TV’s News Night show, Owino said he was a police officer mandated to enforce laws and regulations.

Kenyan police killed at least 33 people in the capital during a crackdown following elections in August 2017, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said.

In the show opener with host Waihiga Mwaura, Owino said that as a policeman, and as a spokesman, most of the time he had to remain neutral and enforce the law as required.

Luckily, he said, he is transiting from being a police officer to a politician and has always had a way of feeding off the allegations, mostly from his competitors.

“You must understand that they’re just competitors and have nothing to offer. They have nothing to pin you down on and therefore have to get something in competition,” he said.

He said his nature of training has enabled him to handle his competitors, by always having an answer to what he termed as unfounded allegations.

Owino will face it off with former Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo, Senator James Orengo, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, among others to succeed governor Cornel Rasanga.

Owino has picked Rose Midiwo, the widow of former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo, as his running mate in the 2022 Siaya gubernatorial race.

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Makueni County Commissioner Maalim to replace Natembeya

In 2019, Maalim emerged as the best County administrator in Kenya.

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Mohamed Ahmed Maalim

Makueni County Commissioner, Mohamed Ahmed Maalim is set to replace Rift Valley Regional Commissioner, George Natembeya who resigned earlier today to pursue political interests.

A new transfer and deployment of regional administrators notice indicate that Natembeya will be stationed at the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.

“I am no longer the Rift Valley Regional Commissioner,” Natembeya said on Wednesday after serving in public service for more than 25 years.

Natembeya, who has served as Rift Valley Commissioner for two-and-a-half years, is seeking to succeed Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba in the August elections.

In 2019, Maalim emerged as the best County administrator in Kenya during the 2019 Public Service Excellence Awards (PSEA), having reposed public beaches in Mombasa County.

Another administrator who moves in the sweeping changes is Narok County Commissioner Evans Achoki, who was promoted to Regional Commissioner – Eastern.

Kang’ethe Thuku has been moved from the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government headquarters to Regional Commissioner – Nairobi. He was replaced by Wilfred Nyagwanga, who served in the Central region

Regional Commissioners Isaiah Nakoru has been moved from Eastern to the Western region, Esther Maina moved from Western to Central, James Kianda moved from Nairobi to North Eastern.

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