Kenya: MP arrested saying Kenyatta is a “son of a dog”

Police in Kenya have arrested an opposition MP who abused President Uhuru Kenyatta during a political rally at the weekend, privately-owned Capital FM reports.

Babu Owino, who represents Embakasi East constituency in the capital, Nairobi, was caught on video calling the president “mtoto wa mbwa”, a Swahili insult which means “son of a dog”.

The politician’s name is trending on Twitter in Kenya, with people tweeting their support or condemnation of his comments.

Supporters of Mr Kenyatta in his stronghold of Kiambu, in the outskirts of the capital, blocked major roads and lit fires to demand an apology from the MP, with some calling for his arrest.

Political tension has been rising ahead of a presidential election re-run set for 26 October.

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