– Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said remarks made by the politician did not reflect government’s position
– He termed as unfortunate the MP’s sentiments which he said have no place in today’s globalised environment
– Jaguar had on Monday threatened to smoke out and forcefully evict foreign traders in Nairobi if the government would not deport them
The Government of Kenya has distanced itself from remarks by Starehe MP and musician Charles Njagua, popularly known as Jaguar, who had threatened to forcefully evict foreign traders doing business in Nairobi.
Reacting to a viral video of the MP threatening to flush out the traders whom he accused of taking over jobs and businesses meant for Kenyan citizens, the government reassured the foreigners they would not be evicted from the country.
In a statement sent to newsrooms on Tuesday, June 25, Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna further clarified the remarks made by the Starehe MP did not reflect the government’s position.
“The attention of the government has been drawn to a video clip that is circulating in the social media. In the clip, a political leader is asking foreigners who are engaged in business in his area of representation to close their businesses and vacate the country.
We wish to state that this is not the position of the Government of the republic of Kenya, and we denounce the comments carried in the video in the strongest terms possible. Such comments are unfortunate and have no place in today’s globalised environment,” Oguna said.
He added Kenyans are a peace loving people who have over the years coexisted others of different nationalities, a value that they will continue to cherish as a nation.
“The government reassures all foreigners in Kenya and those who are interested to come and invest in the country of their personal security and that of their properties,” Oguna stated.
The government’s respond came a few hours after Tanzanian lawmakers also reacted angrily to the “xenophobic” warning from the youthful Kenyan politician and directed their own government to promptly issue statement.
The MPs expressed concern over safety of Tanzanians doing business in Kenya’s capital Nairobi following the remarks by the youthful Starehe legislator who brazenly threatened to flush out foreigners in his constituency.
Tanzanian Speaker of the National Assembly Job Ndugai on Tuesday, June 25, indicated Jaguar’s xenophobic remarks which went viral on social media had been brought to his attention and directed the government to issue a statement in response.
“I order the government to issue a statement before the close of business today (Tuesday),” he said.
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