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Wacha uongo: Ekuru Aukot accuses government spokesperson of false statements

By Hilary Kimuyu October 12th, 2023 2 min read

The political landscape in Kenya is abuzz with controversy as Thirdway Alliance Party Leader and lawyer Ekuru Aukot has taken issue with the newly appointed Government Spokesperson, Isaac Mwaura, for what he claims are false remarks made during a live TV interview.

In a scathing statement, Aukot expressed his dissatisfaction with Mwaura’s comments during the interview regarding his decision to take legal action against the government’s plan to deploy police officers to Haiti.

This deployment, the High Court recently suspended.

During the interview, Government Spokesperson Mwaura assured the public that the government was committed to adhering to all legal protocols before dispatching Kenyan police officers to the Caribbean nation. He also mentioned that he had spoken with Ekuru Aukot regarding the matter.

“As you may be aware, there is a court order that has been issued because of my good brother Ekuru Aukot, whom I spoke to before I came here because I wanted to understand why he went to court, and clearly there is something we need to explain to us all as Kenyans,” Mwaura said during the interview.

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In a swift rebuttal, Aukot accused Mwaura of lying to the public and stated that the two had never spoken about the Haiti petition.

“But, wacha uongo. You lied that you spoke to me about the Haiti petition. Why are you people such liars?” Aukot remarked on X.

This dispute arises in the wake of a Nairobi court’s decision to temporarily suspend the government’s plan to deploy police officers to Haiti as part of a UN-backed mission aimed at restoring peace to the gang-infested Caribbean nation. The UN Security Council had recently approved a Kenyan-led multinational security force for the troubled country, with Kenya pledging to send 1,000 police officers.

Aukot, an opposition politician, filed a case arguing that the deployment was unconstitutional as it lacked legal backing. He contended that Kenya was sending its police abroad while struggling to maintain security within its own borders.

High Court judge Enock Mwita, presiding over the case, ruled in Aukot’s favor, stating that the petition raised substantial issues of national importance and public interest that required immediate attention.

Consequently, a conservatory order was issued, temporarily restraining the government from deploying police officers to Haiti or any other country until October 24, 2023.

Also read: Revealed: Details of the officers set to be deployed to Haiti