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Kajiado: Ole Metito accused of incitement, shoots back he stands by his words

By Peterson Githaiga | January 18th 2021
Deputy President William Ruto addresses a rally at Kiserian. [Peterson Githaiga]

The bloodshed remarks made by the Kajiado South Member of Parliament Katoo Ole Metito at the weekend during a visit by the deputy president has brought mix reactions in the county.

A section of Kajiado county leaders has urged the government to investigate Katoo over what they termed as careless utterances.

The leaders who have held a press conference at Ongata Rongai hit at Metito saying residents will choose their leaders without coercion.

Addressing a huge gathering at Kiserian where he accompanied Deputy President William Ruto was, Metito said Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku has telling meetings in rural Maasai land that the seat will be defended even if blood will be shed.

This did not go down well with the irked crowd that almost stopped the Member of Parliament from addressing the meeting but calm was later restored.

However, in a quick rejoinder, Ole Metito told the Standard on the phone that the was very sure of what he was talking about.

He maintained that the utterances he made during the DP's rally at Kiserian were true and he still stood by them.

Katoo said he had video clips as evidence of what Governor Lenku has been telling people in Maa language.

''Lenku has made these threats many times, if I am to be investigated, then the authorities should investigate the governor first because he is also in record saying so'' said Katoo.

On Monday Kajiado Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho, former Senator Peter Mositet, Kajiado Majority Whip James Waichanguru, and former Nairobi Speaker Alex Magelo told Metito off and warned him against incitement.

''We are very shocked to hear a person like Metito talk about possible bloodshed in our county, said Moshisho.

Mositet said it was time the government investigated Katoo over the remarks that could bring tension in the cosmopolitan county.

''We don't know what the Intelligence department is waiting for. I'm sure they recorded the speech, the MP should be questioned on what he knows about shedding blood in this peaceful county,” said Mesitet.

He also accused Ruto of introducing politics of intimidation and blackmail.

"We know what Ruto did to us in 2017. He should be apologizing for imposing some leaders on us. Now they have started playing divisive politics," said Mositet.

During Ruto's visit at the home politician Daniel Ole Tinaai who has decamped from ODM to Tanga Tanga in readiness to run for the senate seat in 2022, political rivals of Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku were booed at two political meetings.

At a rally in Kiserian, Kajiado West MP George Sunkuiya, a Lenku ally-turned critic was shouted down by an angry crowd.


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