Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has advised Meru Senator Mithika Linturi to refrain from making comments that may be perceived as hate speech or advocating for tribal segregation.
According to Odinga, such remarks are dangerous and they may put the future of Kenya in jeopardy especially with the August-slated polls fast approaching.
Odinga was speaking in Tigania East, Meru County on Wednesday when he attended the funeral service of 7 persons killed by cattle rustlers suspected to hail from the neighbouring Isiolo County, following a night raid on January 5, 2022.
Leaders present during the burial included Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi, Senator Mithika Linturi and Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya among others.
“Nimeona Senator wenu amefika hapa. Kabla hajaongea hapa, mambo ya madoadoa awachane nayo. Hakuna madoadoa katika taifa letu. Kila Mkenya ni Mkenya kila mahali, anaweza kuishi kila mahali katika taifa letu,” Odinga said during his address after noticing that Senator Linturi was preparing to take the podium.
Odinga similarly chimed in on the ongoing border dispute between Meru and Isiolo Counties, which has largely been identified as the reason behind the banditry attacks being witnessed in the area.
“We can’t allow persons to randomly come to where unarmed civilians are and shoot people dead before fleeing. The police claim to not know where these firearms are hidden but it is their duty to trace and apprehend such persons,” he said.
“We cannot tolerate such incidences because the border between the two counties has already been mapped. I suggest that we have military patrols around the area to maintain the peace.”
On his part Governor Murungi underscored that he was currently working in tandem with the region’s police commander to have firearms confiscated from 20 youth who served as reservists returned so that they can maintain peace in the area.