Meru Senator Mithika Linturi has eaten the humble pie and apologised publicly for his ‘madoadoa’ remarks he uttered during Deputy President William Ruto’s rally in Eldoret on Saturday.
Linturi took to his Facebook account to write a lengthy explanation and apology even though he had earlier claimed he did not owe anybody any explanation.
“My message was clear, I don't owe anybody any explaination,” Linturi said.
Linturi accepted that indeed the words he used during his speech had a negative connotation and claimed the fact did not occur to him while he was speaking.
“It is true that 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,” Linturi said.
He also claimed his use of the words was in specific reference to a section of parliamentarians from Uasin Gishu County who do not support UDA and urged the electorate not to elect them.
“I must point out that my use of these words was in specific reference to our Parliamentary colleagues from Uasin Gishu County, who do not support UDA, and whom I urged voters to reject in favour of UDA candidates, given that we are in a political contest, and they are our rivals,” he said.
Linturi conceded that his choice of words was unfortunate and apologised unreservedly for the discomfort created by his utterances.
“On further reflection, and upon the advise of my colleagues, I regretfully concede that my choice of words was unfortunate. I therefore apologise, unreservedly, for the discomfort they may have created,” Linturi wrote.
His apology came only a little too late as the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji had instructed the Inspector-General of police Hilary Mutyambai to probe Linturi’s utterances.
Shortly after, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) summoned Linturi to appear before it on Wednesday over the same.