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No, chair of Kenya's ODM party didn’t send warning letter to senator Olekina for hate speech

Kenya’s Orange Democratic Movement opposition party has sent a letter to Narok county senator Ledama Olekina, warning him over his “inflammatory remarks” at the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) meeting on 22 February 2020 in Narok.

That’s the claim in a Facebook post, which includes the supposed letter.

The letter, on the ODM letterhead, says the party shall not allow utterances aimed at profiling communities and that his “continued propagation of non-party interests” shall not be tolerated.

It adds that BBI meetings are aimed at uniting Kenyans and those opposing the initiative are “enemies of the people”.

“Such utterances and activities will lead to disciplinary action,” it reads.

The letter appears to be signed by ODM national chair John Mbadi.

The senator was accused of claiming Maasai land should be reserved for the Maasai community, a comment widely condemned as divisive.

The senator has since been arrested by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation for alleged incitement.



‘Feeble and doltish act’


Mbadi has since disowned the letter and accused his opponents of spreading lies.

“My attention has been drawn to a FAKE letter purportedly drafted by I as the chairman of ODM and which is allegedly addressed to @ledamalekina. The perpetrators of this feeble and doltish act are the very known desperadoes who will go to any length,” he tweeted on 24 February.

The ODM has also dismissed the letter as fake. – Dancan Bwire




 

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