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Thursday, 21 Sep 2017 16:00 EATjmwangangi@kenyafreepress.com
Nimrod Mbithuka Mbai, the Jubilee Party MP for Kitui East who called on his supporters to "rape" Kitui governor Charity Ngilu in her office for her criticisms of President Uhuru Kenyatta, has apologized to the governor and said he regrets the remarks.
“Charity Ngilu should be raped in her office if she doesn’t drop her strong political stand”, Mr Mbai said at a meeting with his constituents, not knowing that he was being recorded. The remarks provoked prompt repudiation for human rights activists and Ms Ngilu's supporters.
Mr Mbai apologized publicly on one of the Kamba local radio stations. “Ngilu is like my mother or elder sister to me and I can’t lack manners to her, I am very sorry for what happened”, said Mbai Wednesday morning. Ngilu has kept silence about the issue.
The MP vowed to work hand in hand with Ngilu for the benefit of Kitui residents. He added that he will support the re-election of her come 2022’s general election.
Despite the matter raising intense public debate, the police did not take any action on the MP.