Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna has recorded a statement with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) following his recent vulgar remarks against Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa.
In a tweet on Monday, 21st December, Sifuna apologised to all those who felt offended by his utterances during the Msambweni parliamentary by-election campaigns.
Sifuna said he had offered to undertake 50 hours of pro bono legal service to victims of gender-based violence in 2021.
“I have recorded my statement with the NCIC this morning (21st December) during which I offered an unreserved apology to all those offended by my language. I have also offered to undertake 50 hours pro bono legal services to victims of gender-based violence in 2021,” he wrote.
His apology comes days after the commission summoned him and Jumwa to record statements over the incident.
NCIC chair Samuel Kobia said in a statement that the use of such vulgar language was wrong, unethical, and shameful, especially for leaders of the stature of the MP and the ODM Secretary-General.
Kobia cautioned politicians to remain civil and ethical at all times in order to maintain peaceful co-existence between various groups.
“As a commission, we are committed to ensuring that there is a legal, societal, and political consequence for bad behaviour. We urge all Kenyans to keep being vigilant and continue calling out bad behaviour and statements wherever they occur,” he appealed.
Jumwa is expected to appear before the commission on Tuesday, 22nd December.
In the just-concluded by-election, independent candidate Feisal Badar, who was supported by Deputy President William Ruto’s allies, including, Jumwa won the seat with 15,251 votes. ODM’s Omar Boga came second with 10, 444 votes, while Wiper Party candidate Sheik Mahmoud Abdurahman was a distant third, with 790 votes.