ODM Sec-Gen Edwin Sifuna apologises for insulting MP Aisha Jumwa


ODM Sec-Gen Edwin Sifuna apologises for insulting MP Aisha Jumwa
File image of ODM Party Secretary General Edwin Sifuna. PHOTO| COURTESY

ODM Party Secretary General Edwin Sifuna has apologised over insulting remarks he made against Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa.

Sifuna said the remarks which led to him being summoned by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) were unnecessarily graphic, adding that he did not intend to advocate for sexual violence.

“I want the people who know me to understand that this is not what Sifuna is about and definitely this is not what the ODM party is about. My remarks were unnecessarily graphic… I would never advocate for sexual violence. It is the worst form of violence against anyone even in political competition,” he said.

“Those words are regrettable and I hope the people who know that is not the person I am about will understand and appreciate the apology I have just given.”

In the addition to the apology, the ODM Secretary General, who is also a lawyer, offered to undertake 50 hours of probono legal services to victims of gender based violence in 2021.

Sifuna made the hateful utterances on December 11, during by-election campaigns in Msambweni, Kwale County. Jumwa, who was also summoned by NCIC, was also accused of making the same reckless utterances while responding to Sifuna.

NCIC said that the remarks by the two leaders could affect harmonious coexistence between the communities living in Kwale.

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