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Economist David Ndii’s incendiary “foreskin” tweet stirs debate

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Economist David Ndii, who has morphed into a Twitter rabble-rouser of late, has provoked debate with a post targeted at a community in Kenya.

Replying to a sarcastic comment by one Twitter user who identifies himself “Nudih_”, Ndii said, “There are many communities that don’t practice circumcision in Kenya, but have you asked yourself why you are the only ones we call ihîî (uncircumcised louts)?

Nudih had taken a jab at Ndii, a vocal opponent of BBI (and member of the Linda Katiba pressure group) after Narok county approved the BBI referendum bill.

“So Narok county predominantly Luo has approved the BBI referendum bill. Where is @DavidNdii?”

Narok county is predominantly inhabited by people of the Maa community. Popular perception holds that the Luo community is supporting  BBI to the man, thanks to the mobilising efforts of political kingpin Raila Odinga. Already, Siaya, Kisumu and Homa Bay counties in the ODM leader’s political backyard have passed the Bill.

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Ndii’s tweet elicited a barrage of criticism. “This is UNBELIEVABLE,” wrote US-based Kenyan law Professor Makau Mutua.

“Prof, hacked?”, posed Mohamed Wehliye, Senior Advisor, Saudi Central Bank, with a tinge of sarcasm. Lawyer Silas Jakakimba cheekily jested that knowledge about Luo foreskin belongs to Ndii’s sisters.

The mention of ihîî is a derogatory jab at people from the Luo community, who, in the olden days, didn’t practice circumcision.

Nairobi lawyer Donald Kipkorir who had a famous tiff with Ndii, which degenerated into name calling has also weighed in: “David Ndii wants everyone to know he is an intellectual,” he wrote on Twitter. ” A Tiger doesn’t proclaim his tigritude but pounces! .. He is the leader of Linda Katiba .. He is Chief Adviser to the Deputy President .. Yet, he looks down on Nations that don’t circumcise which is whole of America.”

He added:

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