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Kidero orders askaris to arrest politicians who address rallies in vernacular

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has ordered city council askari to arrest anyone who speaks in mother tongue in public rallies within the city, which he said was a cosmopolitan.

The governor said he fails to understand when Kikuyu became a national language. He lashed out at President Uhuru Kenyatta for “speaking in Kikuyu while addressing over 44 ethnic groups living in the city”.

Mr Kidero’s bare knuckled attack on the head of state appears to have been triggered by a statement by President Kenyatta on Thursday, where he accused the governor of failing the city electorate.

“It (county government) has achieved nothing and all they have been doing is demolishing small business premises and houses and chasing down boda boda operators instead of implementing policies to benefit city residents,” said the head of state.

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