Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has apologized following his Madoadoa remarks during a tour of the Azimio la Umoja Movement in Wajir County on Wednesday.
Raila apologized after the National Commission and Integration Commission (NCIC) summoned him over the remarks.
He said apologized to those who are offended by the use of the word Madoadoa during the rally.
“If there is anyone who did not get me right or has seen any mistake, I want to tell them that I am so so sorry. Us we do not discriminate against any Kenyan because of their tribe,” Raila said during his tour in Kisumu today Friday.
He added that he regretted that what he meant had been taken out of context.
“In Wajir, all the candidates that came were from the Azimio Movement and they said that the region is for Azimio. I stood up and lauded them and said that the region is for Azimio and therefore I did not mean that we do not want any other tribe in the region,” he said during a tour of Kisumu County.
Raila said that he used the phrase madoadoa to rally voters behind six-piece voting. However, the word was also used to carry out a negative connotation of ethnic cleansing in 2007.
NCIC chairman Samuel Kobia said that the commission has demanded an explanation from Raila over the use of the word.
“The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has today summoned Prime Minister Raila Odinga in response to remarks made in his meeting in Wajir county on 9th March 2022. In his remarks, he mentioned the term ‘Madoadoa ‘which is considered a hate speech term in Kenya,” Kobia said.