Kitui east MP Nimrod Mbai has apologised to Governor Charity Ngilu over rape remarks he made about her at a Jubilee party event two weeks ago.
The Jubilee MP, a former administration policeman, said he sorry for the unpleasant remarks and that he regards Mrs Ngilu as a respectable mother and leader of great repute.
“Governor Ngilu is like my mother and I’ve always admired her leadership. I regret those offensive remarks and ask her to forgive me for the pain and embarrassment they caused to her and her family” Mbai said during a talk show with Mbaitu FM, a vernacular radio station, on Friday.
Mr Mbai even offered to support and help Mrs Ngilu succeed as the Governor of Kitui County and promised to campaign for her re-election bid come the year 2022.
The MP regretted that the offensive remarks had painted him as an uncouth, brutal and irresponsible leader just as he is starting his political career.
“This matter has taken a very sad dimension regarding my career, many people want to use it to bring me down but I’m happy Mrs Ngilu herself chose to ignore it,” he said.
The MP, who has been under pressure from lobby groups including Federation of Women Lawyers (Fida), had made the remarks that seemingly implied that Mrs Ngilu should be raped if she doesn’t drop her hard stance against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s repeat election campaign.
A video clip of the MP’s speech was extensively shared on social media attracting widespread condemnation from fellow Kitui MPs and Mrs Ngilu’s supporters.
While reacting to the hateful remarks, Fida chairperson Josephine Mong’are also said the comments amounted to sexual harassment and that the organization will take legal action against the MP if he doesn’t apologise.