Alfred Mutua issues fresh statement on banned Ikamba song

The song is said to be defamatory to the Kamba Community.

The two leaders who held a joint press briefing on Wednesday in Machakos castigated the ongoing utterances between a section of leaders in Kikuyu and Kamba over the derogatory song, which the Kenya Film and Classification Board banned early this week.

“We strongly condemn utterances and actions that have been recently undertaken that perpetuate tribalism and hatred among the Kamba and Kikuyu community,” the two governors said in a joint statement, read by Dr Mutua.

Drawing reference from the recent incidences where vehicles ferrying charcoal from Kitui county were burnt down, and subsequently the release of a hate song, ‘Ikamba’ by some Kikuyu artistes directed at the Kamba community, the two governors called for peace and harmony, noting the said communities had been good neighbors for a long time.

“From the infamous ‘your name betrays you’ statement to hate speech during campaigns period, some politicians have whipped up tribal animosity and primitive behaviors against the two great communities,” they said in a joint statement seen by Pulselive.co.ke.

The Maendeleo Chap Chap leader further said it was improper to blame only one community for trade in charcoal and to release a hate song over the actions of a few.

Following the ban, protests have been held and property including cars destroyed.

"Destruction of property and vigilante actions only happen in a lawless country. The Kamba and Kikuyu are friends who live peacefully with each other and condemn acts that perpetuate discord," the county boss said.

Mutua asked stakeholders to respect Ngilu's ban as the county "has decided" - Ngilu banned charcoal trade in the county over effects on the environment.

NCIC probe 

On Wednesday, Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen was expected to brief the House on the progress of the NCIC probe into an alleged derogatory Kikuyu song.

National Cohesion and Integration Commission chairman Francis Kaparo was on Tuesday under fire from opposition senators who accused him of taking the matter lightly.

Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka would hen direct Mr Murkomen to respond today.

The senators, led by Minority Leader Moses Wetang’ula, responded to a statement tabled by Senator Enock Wambua (Kitui), demanding to know what the government is doing over the issue.

Wambua said although the song is directed at Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu and her county’s ban on charcoal trade, its message targets the entire Kamba community.

“Kaparo has remained silent and making faint noises on the derogatory audio against the Kamba community,” Wetang’ula said.

The Bungoma Senator and NASA co-principal said Kaparo should have summoned the musicians the way he summoned Ngilu after residents in her county razed a lorry while enforcing the county’s law banning charcoal. The debate in Senate over the matter at some point put the Jubilee and NASA members at loggerheads.

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