Block Senator Sonko from contesting over ‘albino’ slur, rights group tells Jubilee party

Block Senator Sonko from contesting over ‘albino’ slur, rights group tells Jubilee party

The Kenya National Human Rights Commission (KNHRC) wants action take against embattled Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko over his utterances on national television when he referred to Peter Kenneth as ‘an albino’

The human rights body wants his Jubilee party to bar the Senator from contesting for allegedly defiling chapter six of the constitution.

“The contemptible reference to Peter Kenneth as an albino by senator Sonko goes beyond the basic tenets of decorum, appropriateness, and courtesy by a leader,” said KNCHR chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori said in a statement to newsroom.

Ms. Mbogori noted it was wrong for a leader who swore an oath to abide by the law, negated the spirit of national values and article 10 of the constitution.

During a live interview with Citizen TV on Sunday, Sonko labelled former Gatanga MP a criminal asked Nairobians to reject him during the upcoming nominations.

The senator slammed Peter Kenneth saying their feud was personal.

READ MORESonko: I shed tears because of Peter Kenneth, I will never support him

“I’m not ready for consensus with this person (Kenneth). We know what he did in 2013…he refused to step down for my boss,” the senator  said.

He continued, “Let him feel what we felt at that time…I will not accept it even if he steps down to become my running mate,”

However, on Monday Sonko eat a humble pie and asked for forgiveness saying he was angry when he made the remarks.

But Kagwiria reiterated that  leaders who hold public office need to be in the forefront of increasing public awareness on albinism rather than increase stigma, discrimination and violence that persons with albinism face.

“The commission takes great exception to the Senator’s utterances and brings to his attention that person with albinism in Kenya and globally, faces some challenges of the most extreme forms of human rights violations. They face physical abuses, and even attacks that are fuelled by erroneous beliefs,” she explained.

The chairperson urged all political aspirants not to trade insults during their campaigns that may polarise citizens.

READ MORE: Sonko could be in more trouble over albinism remarks

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