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Deputy governor records statement over video clip

Robin Obino and Anthony Mwangi @PeopleDailyKe

Kirinyaga Deputy Governor Peter Ndambiri last evening said he was a victim of extortionists paid by his political opponents to tarnish his reputation.

Speaking for the first time after a video of him in compromising position went viral, he said he was duped by the woman in the video clip identified as Elizabeth Njuguna, before being kidnapped by some goons some months ago. The woman, he said after recording a statement with police in Thika, lured him to travel to Thika to buy a property.

“On arrival at a Thika hotel, I was hijacked by goons, the woman included and taken to a mansion opposite the hotel. I was forced to undress before the men started forcing me to say I had been sleeping with the woman,” he said. Ndambiri described his ordeal in the hands of the goons who demanded Sh5 million as “harrowing” and thanked God that he is alive.

“This thing did not happen in Kakamega as alleged. It happened here in Thika. The incident has caused my family, the people of Kirinyaga and myself embarrassment,” The video has drawn mixed reactions with the matter finding its way to the floor of Parliament.

And Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) boss Ezekiel Mutua weighed in on the amateur video terming it an invasion of privacy. “There can be no justification for invading the privacy of two consenting adults and harassing them in the manner in the alleged Kirinyaga county DG video.

It’s barbaric, outrageous and a violation of human rights,” Dr Mutua posted on his social media accounts. He said he was not aware that those filming the incident had been issued with a licence by the board to engage in such an immoral activity.

In Parliament, the House was treated to a light moment as members engaged on debate over the video doing rounds in social media. It was the Leader of Majority Aden Duale who sparked off debate accusing the “DG” of not being “man enough” by allowing his tormentors to humiliate him on camera. “The said DG is a let-down to the male gender.

How could he have allowed the attackers to humiliate him as he watched? As a man he should have fought back,” Duale said, amid giggles by Members.

The sentiments were echoed by Nominated MP Cecily Mbarire who said, even a woman could have retaliated if caught in such a situation. “The man should have at least attempted to hit back, watching as the attackers slap him was a little bit too low,” Mbarire said.

The MPs debated the matter even as police denied knowledge of the video: “Police have not received any report concerning an alleged assault of the Deputy Governor of Kirinyaga county.

Equally, the police spokesperson has not issued any statement circulating in sections of social media on the same issue,” said police spokesperson Charles Owino.

In Parliament, MPs from Western Kenya fought back claims that the incident took place in Kakamega county, claiming the video “must have been taken elsewhere by extortionists forming a notion that it took place during the Devolution Conference, to fit into their evil ways”.

Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi claimed the video must have been filmed in Kirinyaga by the political enemies of the Deputy Governor. “I want to declare here that such immoral habits cannot happen in Kakamega,” he said.

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