Suna East MP Junet Mohamed has waded into the raging debate on ‘Luo poverty’ started by Jubilee government propagandist Mutahi Ngunyi’s demeaning insult of Luos as ‘poverty stricken’.
In a post on Facebook where the MP signed off as a ‘Luo Somali’, he called on law enforcement agencies to deal with derogative comments which individuals who are known to act for the Jubilee government, and politicians allied to the Jubilee regime are increasingly using to refer to Luos in general and Luo leaders, especially ODM leader and former PM Raila Odinga in particular.
Hon. Junet, despite being Somali, was elected in Migori County’s Suna East constituency, a predominantly Luo rural constituency.
Here is the post:
It is our intention as Luos not to henceforth take lightly any slight innuendo, rumour or statements of insignificant facts which attempt to define our economic situation.
My people of Suna East, and myself, take great exception to demeaning statements coming from well known government quarters.
Any apology being offered should take into account the fact that such statements are likely to be repeated in future, hence, I join my other brothers and sisters, and all naturalized Luos, friends of Luos, all people of western Kenya and, indeed, all Kenyans, in calling upon relevant authorities to take up the matter and pursue it legally.
As for unwarranted, injurious and malicious falsehoods on the person of Rt. Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga, we urge them to get very good lawyers.
Finally, if indeed we Luos are poor; we urge the government not to continue impoverishing us by destroying the few industries located in our region.
This has been going since 1960s and must now stop.
As a member of high standing in the Luo community; I have rejected the supposed apology by Mutahi Ngunyi. Let the case proceed. Thank You!
— Hon.Junet (@JunetMohamed) August 25, 2015