Kabogo insists he will not apologise over hate remarks

By: OLIVER MUSEMBI

Kiambu Governor William Kabogo says he has no apologies to make over allegations of hate speech levelled against him.

“I repeat, I am not a hatemonger and I do not give hate speeches. People want to insinuate things that I have not said. All I said is that we must respect institutions and I will continue to call for respect of the Presidency,” Mr Kabogo said.

He was addressing journalists on Wednesday after inspecting the construction of an Sh800 million reproductive health unit at the Thika Level 5 Hospital.

Asked if he would offer an apology over the controversial remarks, he said: “Who am I apologising to and what am I apologising for? If those I was addressing at the stadium demand an apology from me, who am I to say no?”

On Monday, Mr Kabogo recorded a statement with detectives in connection with a video clip in which he made remarks that could amount to hate speech.

The move followed an order by the Director of Public Prosecutions to the Inspector-General of Police and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to study the video clip and conduct further investigations.

In the clip, widely shared on social media, the governor said he was prepared to take on critics of President Kenyatta, including Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama and Cord leader Raila Odinga.

Mr Kabogo is heard in the recording warning Mr Muthama to stop insulting President Kenyatta or he would get him even from his (Muthama’s) mother’s house.

But the governor said he has no regrets over his remarks and insisted that he did not incite or threaten anyone.

“If telling people to respect the Presidency is wrong, then I have no apologies to make because this is the way it should be,” he said.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION