Sonko ‘sorry’ for albino slur on TV show

Sonko ‘sorry’  for albino slur on TV show
Photo: Nominated MP who is also the chairman of the Albinism Society of Kenya Isaac Mwaura addresses the press at Parliament Buildings yesterday. He demanded that Sonko withdraws his derogatory reference to people with albinism and apologise. Photo/Kenna Claude

Nairobi senator Mike Sonko was yesterday forced to apologise to Kenyans and nominated MP Isaac Mwaura for the remarks he made on a local television station that seemed to demean albinism.

The senator, who made the remarks in reference to Peter Kenneth who is vying for Nairobi Governor’s position, however, failed to apologise to the aspirant.

In a message posted on his twitter handle, Sonko said he made the remarks because he was angry with his opponents for branding him a hooligan.

During the TV interview aired on Sunday, Sonko insulted Kenneth calling him an “albino”, “a thief” and “chewing gum”. “Kama niliwajamisha intrview ya jana, poleni nilikuwa na hasira my opponent aliniita hooligan in public wenzake wakaniita mbwa ndani ya kanisa. (If I upset you during my interview yesterday, I’m sorry.

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I was angry with my opponent after they called me a hooligan in public and also others went to church and called me a dog),” read the statement.

His apologies came hours after Mwaura who is also the chairman of the Albinism Society of Kenya demanded that Sonko apologise or else he would take unspecified action.

At a press conference in Parliament, Mwaura said insulting people using their colour goes against Article 27 of the Constitution which Sonko swore to uphold and protect.

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“Mike Mbuvi Sonko must in no equivocal terms apologise for demonising and abusing Hon Peter Kenneth using the God-given status of albinism,” he said.

He said that it was uncalled for to use the status of albinism in derogatory terms in order to settle political scores. “Persons with albinism already suffer double discrimination as employers assume their capacity to deliver within the workplace is below par,” he said.

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