Dec, 22nd 2020 – ODM Party Secretary General Edwin Sifuna, has apologized over insulting remarks he made against Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa. He said the remarks were unnecessarily graphic, adding that he did not intend to advocate for sexual violence.
He said, “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 added, “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.”
Speaking before the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, Sifuna offered to undertake 50 hours of probono legal services to victims of gender based violence in 2021.
He said, “I have recorded my statement with NCIC Kenya this morning during which I offered an unreserved apology to all those offended by my language. I have also offered to undertake 50 hours probono legal services to victims of gender-based violence in 2021.”
Sifuna made the hateful remarks on December 11th during the Msambweni by election campaigns in Kwale County.
His utterance saw him summoned by NCIC on the 11th of December. NCIC in a statement said, “NCIC strongly condemns the reckless utterances made by the ODM SG Hon. Edwin Sifuna as well as Hon. Aisha Jumwa during the Msambweni by-election campaigns. The Commission has commenced investigations. We urge Kenyans to exercise tolerance and allow the law to take its cause.”