[Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua and his Nyeri counterpart Governor Edward Mutahi Kahiga address the press on March 7, 2018. /PHOTO COURTESY]
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has surprisingly come to the defense of his counterpart,Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu.
In a statement to the press on Tuesday (7th March),Governor Mutua,whose party is affiliated to the ruling Jubilee Party,asked all the stakeholders to respect Mrs Ngilu’s ban as the county “has decided”.
He further said it was improper to blame only one community for trade in charcoal and to release a hate song over the actions of a few.
The Maendeleo Chap Chap leader also asked leaders to preach and practise love, tolerance and peace and understand that their actions and statements affect the behaviours of their people.
Following the ban, protests have been held and property including cars destroyed.
“Destruction of property and vigilante actions only happen in a lawless country. The Kamba and Kikuyu are friends who live peacefully with each other and condemn acts that perpetuate discord,” Mutua boss said.
On Tuesday, Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper party condemned the vernacular song, Executive Director Jared Maaka saying it creates inter-ethnic animosity between the Kamba and Kikuyu.
The party also recommended that the entire country take up the charcoal burning ban to prevent imminent environmental disasters.
On the hateful Ikamba song,released last week mocking the Kamba community,Dr Mutua said;
“We strongly condemn utterances and actions that perpetuate tribalism and hatred among the Kamba and Kikuyu,” he told reporters on Wednesday, flanked by his Nyeri colleague Edward Mutahi.
“A hate song targeting a community is not only evil but also unacceptable.”
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