Former PM Raila Odinga has cautioned Emurua Dikirr MP Johanna Ng’eno against personal attacks during political discourse. The ODM leader had attended a thanksgiving ceremony for nominated MP and KNUT boss Wilson Sossion’s daughter who had recently been admitted to the bar. It is at the home of the KNUT boss that Raila met Ng’eno, whom he reminded of the need to confine political utterances within the remits of good manners to avoid getting into trouble.
”Ng’eno is someone who is known to me. I actually paid his university fees. We have interacted on numerous occasions, but it seems we have never had the opportunity to talk about courtesy. Even when you are in disagreement with someone, leave their parents out of it. If Ng’eno had done so, no one would have had a problem with him, because this is a country that believes in freedom of speech,” said the former PM. ”I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death, your right to say it,” he explained.
The legislator is currently facing charges of hate speech under the Cohesion and Integration Act, following utterances made against the Head of State and the former first Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta. He is out on a one million shillings cash bail, and the case will be mentioned on October 12, 2020.