That Water and Irrigation Assistant Minister and Embakasi MP Ferdinand Waititu’s remarks enraged the Maasai community and Kenyans at large is understandable. However, some persons went overboard when castigating Mr Waititu. For instance, Assistant Minister of State for Defence Joseph Nkaissery said if the Maasai are chased from Kayole then what would stop Maasai from chasing away Kikuyu community from, say, Malalal and Narok, Maasai’s ancestral land?
His language was no better than Waititu’s – he was using threatening language by saying that Maasai’s should be ready to attack unless Waititu is arrested. To guarantee fairness, chairperson of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, Mzalendo Kibunjia ought to summon and charge those who condemn wrongs by using hate speech. Waititu may have been reckless, but that does not mean we follow suit. The tongue can make or break relations. Let us watch how we engage in speech.
Kariuki Muiri, Karatina