After being trolled on social media for making lewd comments toward Esther Passaris on KTN’s Jeff Koinange Live Wednesday night, Miguna Miguna now claims Passaris pushed him to the wall by alleging that he raped a woman in the past.
“You are so beautiful, everybody wants to rape you.” Those are the words which landed Miguna in trouble with #KOT who have since accused the 2017 Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant of being disrespectful to women.
“I understand that there is an edited video circulating about an interaction Esther Passaris and I had off-set yesterday during the second Nairobi gubernatorial debate on KTN TV’s #JKL. The video omits the portion where Esther Passaris accused me of rape. She did not specify whom I had allegedly raped, where, when and with what evidence. My response was to state that: ‘Esther believe that she is so beautiful that everyone wants to rape her…’. It was done sarcastically to expose her duplicity…
“During the debate, I clearly stated to Jeff Koinange that I didn’t want to attack Passaris but both Jeff and Passaris insisted on the line of questioning and direction the ‘debate’ took. I have tremendous respect for women but I don’t respect hypocrites and opportunists who use their gender to seek or obtain advantages that they don’t deserve,” said Miguna in a statement Thursday.
Kenyans had earlier taken to Twitter to condemn Miguna Miguna for his on-air remarks.
@Ngwata_ said: “Jeff (Koinange) tolerating a rape joke and sexist comments from Miguna towards Passaris on his show is totally poignant.”
@Ekisiangani wrote: “Jeff Koinange should stop conducting shows in which participants insult each other using vulgar language. How can the nation watch such shows!”
@Maingiwaweru observed: “I always thought TV/Radio shows have their own rules and regulations. How embarrassing to watch @EstherPassaris (being) humilitated.”
@Willymcmanaman said: “Jeff Koinange should have asked Miguna to imagine he was talking to his wife #MigunaRespectWomen.”
@CiruMuriuki said: “I find it shocking that @KoinangeJeff would stand by chuckling as Miguna Miguna made those obscene remarks to @EstherPassaris.”
Esther Passaris consequently took to Twitter Thursday to thank Kenyans for standing by her after the controversial TV interview.
“And to the men and women who’ve strongly condemned how I was treated on JKL last night, thank you for being a beacon of light. I am even more determined to become the Governor of Nairobi to ensure citizens are not subjected to such ridicule. Men like Miguna have no place or role to play in our empowerment. He is part of the problem.”