Latest news headlines-March 20 2017 Uproar over Mike Sonko’s albino jibe

Latest news headlines-March 20 2017 Uproar over Mike Sonko’s albino jibe

Uproar over Mike Sonko’s albino jibe

Senator Mike Sonko’s reference of Jubilee gubernatorial rival Peter Kenneth as an albino has elicited furious reaction from the Albinism Society of Kenya (ASK) who have threatened to take action against him.

Mr Sonko referred to Kenneth as an albino during last night’s live TV interview on Citizen.

He had been called for the interview as part of the Stations show “Game Plan 2017” with the focus on Nairobi gubernatorial race.

Moderator Hussein Mohamed began by playing a clip in which Sonko’s rival for the Jubilee Party ticket Peter Kenneth was expressing his willingness for dialogue or nomination battle.

But Sonko’s wanted none of it and instead told Mr Mohamed to refer to his rival as albino or anything he could.

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko (in glasses) (Photo: Nation Media Group)

“I don’t want to know his name. You can refer to him as an albino or whatever,” Sonko countered.

And now, members of the Albinism Society have demanded an apology from the senator saying it was derogatory for him to make such remarks.

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“Mike Sonko must in no equivocal terms apologise for demonising and abusing Peter Kenneth using God given status of Albinism. It is totally uncalled for to use our status in derogatory terms in order to settle political scores,” Nominated MP Isaac Mwaura who is the patron of ASK told a press conference at parliament buildings today.

Nominated MP Isaac Mwaura

Resign for failing to unite Kenyans, lobbies tells Kaparo

Lobbyists want Francis Ole Kaparo and his team at the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) leave office for failing to unite Kenyans.

The Technical Working Group on National Values and Governance and the Constitution Reform Education Consortium yesterday argued that there is more division in the country despite the commission being in place.

The 16 lobby groups in a press statement accused the commission of doing very little to unite Kenyans ahead of the general election.

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NCIC Chairperson Francis Ole Kaparo

“We demand that the chairman of NCIC leave office since he has failed in his duties. The NCIC remains unable to rein in hatemongers, deal with ethnic balkanisation in public institutions and politics,” Suba Churchill said on behalf of other groups.

NCIC has come under attack from various agencies for dismal performance in uniting Kenyans.

READ ALSO: Activists want Kaparo and his team kicked out of office

Activist unveils new party to tell you the ‘truth’

Activist Boniface Mwangi has today officially launched his Ukweli Party that he says will provide the break away from traditional political outfits that he says have failed to address the country’s pressing issues.

Mwangi, who quit his position at youth and civic empowerment centre Pawa 254 last December, will use the party as his vehicle in the coming general election as he seeks to become the next Starehe MP.

“Ukweli Party will provide a voice for Kenyans who have been forgotten for long. We will build a Kenya that is corruption free and people are bold enough to take part in creating it,” the anti-graft crusader said during the launch.

The party’s secretary general is Nduko o’Matigere, a former manager at Twaweza East Africa with Mwangi as its chairman.

READ ALSO: Activist Boniface Mwangi unveils new political party (PHOTOS)

Boniface Mwangi with a Nairobian during his campain trail (Photo: EPA)

Ukweli will field aspirants in all positions in the polls except for the presidency with its deadline for receiving nomination applications for members who qualify for the positions set for March 30.

“I want to be part of the solution. Parliament is where critical decisions are made, that is where money is stolen and thus as a youth I want to be part of the team that will spearhead change in the society,” Mwangi added.

 

 

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