A day or two ago artiste cum businessman cum politician Jaguar, real names Charles Njagua, gave a speech in which he threatened to kick out foreign traders (but not of Chinese origin) from the markets within his constituency Starehe.
It didn’t take long for officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to swoop in and arrest him outside Parliament building and whisk him away. The officers who arrested him were clad in plain-clothes and they loaded him into a waiting car at around 12:30 PM June 26, 2019.
According to reports, the detectives headed to the DCI headquarters along Kiambu Road.
The xenophobic remarks he made are:
”IF YOU ASSESS OUR MARKETS, UGANDANS AND TANZANIANS HAVE TAKEN OVER OUR BUSINESSES… NOW WE ARE SAYING ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. IF A 24-HOUR ULTIMATUM IS NOT ENOUGH FOR THEM TO BE DEPORTED, WE WILL REMOVE THEM AND WE’LL BEAT THEM UP AND WE WILL NOT FEAR ANYONE,” HE WAS FILMED SAYING.
The remarks were made while visiting traders along Kirinyaga Road.
Defending his remarks, Jaguar tweeted,
“My sentiments echoed yesterday with a directive to C.S Matiang’i was meant for the Chinese who have invaded our markets making businesses almost unbearable bearing for our citizens. “I AM NOT AGAINST ANY REGIONAL UNIONS THAT ARE MEANT TO PROMOTE BOTH LOCAL AND REGIONAL TRADE.”