“I think it was a slip of the tongue..” These were the words of Sirisia MP John Waluke when he “sincerely” apologised over his recent ethnic slur against the Luo community.
Ahead of his ‘hot date’ with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission today, Waluke on Tuesday called a presser to express “regret” over his remarks during an attack on Raphael Tuju last week. In a video that circulated on social media, the outspoken lawmaker had accused Tuju of bringing conflict in the ruling Jubilee party “the way people from his community like to do”.
Speaking in Parliament Wednesday, Waluke apologised to the Jubilee Secretary-General and Opposition leader Raila Odinga.
“I never meant bad to the community. I think it was a slip of the tongue when I mentioned the word Luo came in…so I’m very sorry about that,” said the lawmaker.
“I want to apologise to honorable Tuju and to honorable Raila, the Prime Minister, for the speech that I made last week,” added Waluke.
He also apologized to the NCIC and assured the cohesion team that he will never repeat the statement again.
Waluke also noted, “He is my boss at the party. I am going to call him (Mr Tuju) so that we settle this matter. If he picks my call, I will book an appointment so that we can meet and settle this matter.”
“I want to apologise to honorable Tuju and to honorable Raila, the former Prime Minister, for the speech that I made last week,” Sirisia MP John Waluke apologized over “troublesome community” remarks he made about the Luo Community. pic.twitter.com/CJmi9oUlSp
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) July 24, 2019