Nairobi – Demonstrations erupted in Kenya's largest
slum in Nairobi's Kibera on Tuesday over footage appearing to show a
pro-government legislator saying top opposition leader Raila Odinga can be
Kibera, an opposition stronghold, witnessed the protests, with supporters
of Odinga burning tyres and wooden sticks.
Analysts say the remarks reflect long-simmering tribal tensions
that are heating up again, eight years after they exploded into violence that
left more than 1 000 people dead in the aftermath of a disputed presidential
election. Kenya is holding general elections next year.
A mock coffin marked with the name of the legislator, Moses Kuria,
was burned during Tuesday's protests, said the head of the Orange Democratic
Party in Kibera slum, Sam Ochieng. Odinga is the party's leader.
Kuria and seven other legislators have been questioned by police
over remarks that police say may amount to hate speech. The legislators include
four opposition members of parliament who threatened to storm the office of the
police chief if he doesn't take action against Kuria.
In the video shot at a party over the weekend, Kuria apparently
refers to recent opposition demonstrations for changes in electoral commission,
which the protesters accuse of corruption and bias.
"He should be careful because he can as well bite a
bullet," Kuria says. "We won't be disturbed by one person. He can
bite a bullet, we bury him the next Monday, they [Odinga supporters] throw
stones for one week and life continues, isn't it so?" He made the remarks
in his mother tongue, Kikuyu.