Price of loose tongue
26 September 2012, 11:14
Nairobi - Assistant Minister Ferdinand Waititu’s loose tongue not only landed him in trouble with police and his political godfathers, but also risked the lives of innocent members of his community in Maasailand, The Standard reports.
The case of Waititu, a belligerent and roguish politician who has said on live television he does not mind joining his supporters as he has done before in stone-throwing, would be a strenuous test on Kenya’s laws against hate speech.
Waititu, woke up to the horror and bloodletting his statements had brought and the prospect it might be followed by retaliatory attacks, owned up on the floor of the House and apologised to the Maasai community claiming his abusive and demeaning statements did not target them.
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