The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has launched investigations following public uproar after an episode of the JKLive show hosted by Jeff Koinange on Citizen TV on Wednesday, February 20.
Through a statement on Thursday, February 20, NCIC strongly condemned utterances made on the live show by guests Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot and his Narok counterpart Ledama ole Kina.
“With regards to the statements made on JKLive yesterday, the matter has come to our attention and we strongly condemn such utterances that may hinder cohesion in the country. We urge Kenyans to maintain peace and continue engaging in the BBI process even as we look into the matter,” stated the commission.
The discussion on the show revolving around the anticipated Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rally in Narok took a turn for the worst when ole Kina weighed in with his views on Maasai land issues.
“I think one of the biggest priorities for the Maasai is land-use policies. We are people who have been marginalised for a very long time. We are very hospitable and welcoming, so people come into our area, take our land and subdivide it. This is our land. Any visitor is welcome there to do business. But if today I go to Kiambu, I will be welcome to do business, but I cannot run for office there. If one buys agricultural land, it remains agricultural land. He cannot subdivide and bring his tribesmen or his friends there because of the scarcity of resources,” he stated.
Koinange stepped in and dismissed Ole Kina’s sentiments as tribalistic, a matter that Cheruiyot agreed with and warned that the path being taken by his Senate colleague was to the detriment of Kenyans.
“If you allow these kinds of conversations, you don’t have to imagine where you will take us as a country. Countries like Rwanda and Somalia got to where they are due to these kinds of politics. If you hear him tell you that he cannot go to Kiambu and run for office there, he is justifying wrong,” he stated.
Here is a video of the heated debate below if you haven’t watched it yet. (Courtesy of Citizen TV Kenya)