THE FOLLY STORY OF THE EMACIATED GOAT
Earlier today, my learned Snr and close friend Apollo Mboya met Political Analyst Mutahi Guonyi, on the latter’s invitation, to purportedly exchange notes and engage in conversations on need to forge inter-community tolerance. This came in the wake of Mutahi’s recent spiteful, provocative, hateful, demagoguec, offensive and obviously criminal comments collectively targeting members of the Luo Nation.
It is understood from social, print and broadcast media outlets that Mutahi handed Counsel Mboya an emaciated goat as a ‘sign of apology’ to the Luo Nation, to which the Learned Counsel ‘accepted’ both the goat and the PR apology, besides an oral apology before cameras to Raila Odinga.
One thing we must know, is that the complaint that was recently lodged against Mutahi was not to ‘defend’ Raila Odinga. It had nothing at all to do with any alleged insults by Mutahi against the person of Raila Odinga. It was to primarily seek out the National Cohesion and Integration Commission/the Director of Public Prosecutions to carry out investigations and enforce the provisions of the law against hate speech, et al.
It is in the public domain that the NCIC, toothless as most folks are dint to opine, already summoned Mutahi to record statements after formerly and on record, putting to him alleged offences committed by his person against a Kenyan community contrary to various provisions of the Laws of the land.
I am one of those who felt that Mutahi Ngunyi’s initial apology sounded franc and candid. But see, we’d all agree that in the face of hate, hurt, public ridicule and spite meted on 18 million members of the Luo Nation worldwide, this kind of apology does not go to sufficiently mitigate the consequential pain associated with Mutahi’s remarks. In any case, he should face the dock and plead guilty.
I can without a doubt predict that in the run-up to next elections, Mutahi Ngunyi will spin even worse tweets against Luhyas (depending on their political leanings at the time) and their Luo neighbours. We can therefore not set this kind of precedent, Br Apollow. Let Mutahi face the law for record purposes. Those who know would appreciate the import of this line of thinking.
Also, the court process which I personally advocate for to proceed unhindered, does not in any way bar Mutahi from presenting his apology to the Luo Nation and in deed Kenyans. But hey, this can ONLY be done (after paid-up adverts in lead dailies with similar apologies), via a formal meeting with the Luo Council of Elders near Got Ramogi in Nyanza, with Bulls from Banyankole – not handing over a goat to Mr. Apollo Mboya, kwanza over wine! In deed, anyone else could and can still lodge similar complaint(s).
My Br Apollo Mboya, Mutahi did not just offend an individual. You may forgive and accept the apology as others have done, but we must let the law take its course. Anything less than that will be a disservice to the defence of the fledgling observance of the Rule of Law in the Republic of Kenya.
Lastly, so we know, Mutahi NgÃ¹nyi in his heart of hearts does NOT himself believe at all in the referenced apologies. He doesn’t! His heart remains full of hate and anyone can pick this from his mannerisms on camera. Let him serve his dates with the Bench!
Cc: Apollo Mboya.
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