Starehe MP, Charles Njagua, popularly known as Jaguar, has found himself in hot soup after a video of him ordering that foreign traders be evicted from their business premises in Nairobi went viral. In the video, the MP complains that Tanzanians, Ugandans, Chinese, and other foreign traders have taken over so many businesses in Nairobi:
“Ukiangalia vile magari zinauzwa hapa Nairobi, wapakistani wamechukua hiyo biashara. Ukiangalia huku Nyamakema, Gikomba na area zingine, wachinese wamechukua hizo biashara. Ukiangalia masoko zetu, watanzania na wauganda wamechukua biashara zetu.”
The video did not settle well with Kenyans, many terming it as being inciteful and spreading hate speech. In the video, Jaguar is heard issuing threats to foreign traders:
“…sasa sisi tumesema enough is enough! Kama tukiwapea masaa ishirini na nne hawatatolewa hapa, sisi tutawatoa na tutawapiga na hatuogopi mtu.”
Kenyans on Twitter condemned the MP’s alleged xenophobic remarks and some went ahead to tag CS Fred Matiang’i and the Head of State in a bid to bring more attention to the issue. Ahmed Mohamed (@Asmali77) in his tweet says:
“I just watched a video clip of Starehe MP Musician Jaguar in Kamukunji threatening to forcefully evict foreigners from their business premises. This is a dangerous path to take. This is how xenophobia started in South Africa. He should let the government do its work.”
The Starehe MP was arrested on Wednesday 26th June around the Parliament premises by the DCI for further questioning and is expected to record a statement.