- As if he was not satisfied with the humiliation and pain of being publicly slapped for merely mistakenly introducing the first lady, the Kenya government added salt to the injury by sacking Francis Musyimi as a principal administrative secretary in the Office of the President.
Musyimi was slapped by Lucy Kibaki at a public function last week when the former introduced the latter as Lucy Wambui, a woman believed to be the second wife to President Mwai Kibaki. The incident took everyone, including diplomats, cabinet ministers and other important dignitaries, by surprise.
Overcome by pain, embarrassment and anger, the slapped officer officiating the state function left the scene. He was immediately arrested and taken to an unknown destination before being stripped of his position.
Mr Maina Kiai, who chairs the Kenya Commission of Human Rights, expressed fury over the unlawful arrest and detention of Musyimi. He demanded his unconditional release.
Kenyans of all walks of life have been showering criticisms on Lucy Kibaki [who made herself famous for slapping people] to learn to comport herself well, especially in public. They blamed Mrs Kibaki for bringing her title and high office into disrepute.
President Kibaki, who is considered an elderly peace loving statesman, has been scolded for not acting despite witnessing the shameful act as if his wild spouse is above the law.
Most Kenyan said Lucy is so addicted to misbehaving that she will continue act the same way when Kibaki is elected for a second mandate.
The Nation Media Group cameraman who filmed the incident was forced by security agents to erase the tapes.
But the group would not be silent on the issue and therefore wrote to statehouse demanding an explanation of the reasons for deleting the footage. It has also lodged a complaint with the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) over the harassment of its cameraman.
Describing the act as "gross violation of freedom and independence of the media," the MCK wrote a protest letter to the government asking for explanation on the incident within 14 days.
"The media takes a grave view of this complaint because such action amounts to gross violation of the freedom and independence of the media," Wachira Waruru, the MCK chairman, said.
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