Lawyer Miguna Miguna has defended Meru senator Mithika Linturi following his arrest over allegations of incitement.
Mithika spend the night in police custody because of the remarks he made during a political gathering in Uasin Gishu county.
According to Miguna, the senator committed no crime by using the term ‘Madoadoa’ when he gave his remarks at the UDA rally at the Eldoret Sports on Saturday, January 8.
“Mithika Linturi committed no crime known to law. The use of the word “madoadoa” is not a criminal offence. Raila, Kimemia and Junet have used more incendiary metaphors without being charged. Linturi is being PERSECUTED by despot Uhuru Kenya for political reasons. Pure and simple.
During the Saturday event Mithika asked the crowd to remove the spots that they had, causing an uproar on social media.
“We want to be in the coming government but I want to tell you people of Uasin Gishu not to play with Kenya and I am asking you to remove the spots(madoa doa) you have here. We cannot stand with William Ruto from Mt Kenya yet you have people here who don’t listen and cannot team up with him,” Mithika said on Saturday.
Following the uproar, the senator went ahead and issued an apology saying that his remarks were not meant for inciting or propagating hate speech.
“Today, while addressing the UDA rally at Eldoret, I expressed myself using words which in certain context, have acquired sinister political overtones and come to be associated with incitement and hate speech,
“At that moment, I was vigorously urging our supporters to offer full support to UDA candidates in this year’s election, and was oblivious of the possibility that my choice of words might assume negative meaning,” he added.