Gatundu South legislator Gabriel Kagombe has been summoned to appear before the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) headquarters in Nairobi for grilling over alleged hate mongering.
According summons seen by The Informer Media Group and signed by commissions Chief Executive Officer Harrison Kariuki, the first time Member of Parliament (MP) was instructed to appear at tomorrow, May 18, 2023 at 11am.
He is being investigated over alleged insightful remarks he made over bursary allocations to learners calling for segregation of students and pupils from certain parts of the country.
According to NCIC, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) MP made at Gatundu Stadium during issuance of bursary cheques event.
The commission accuses him of “threatening, inciting, insulting and abusing remarks contrary to Section 13 (1) (a) of the National Cohesion and Integration Act.” The summons read in part.
Kagombe reportedly inciting Kiambu residents against some regions in allocation of national resources.
He made the remarks now flagged as inflammatory while issuing Sh41 million worth of bursary cheques to over 5,000 beneficiaries in his constituency.
He is accused of warning his counterparts from low populated counties to begin construction of schools in their regions before they start lobbying for abolition of the quota system that he claimed has been disadvantageous to learners from Kiambu County.
The education policy which was introduced in the yesteryears stipulates that provincial, now extra-county schools should admit 85 per cent of their students from their localities.
As he pushed for fairer distribution of resources based on population through the one-man, one-vote, one-shilling formula, an initiative proposed in the flopped Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), the MP regretted that the quota system has over the years seen counties such as Kiambu teach learners from regions whose leaders have completely failed to put up education infrastructure.
Instead of building learning institutions, Kagombe noted with concern that leaders from Arid and Semi-arid lands (ASAL) regions usually squander the public funds and, in most cases, channel the money to construction of apartments in Nairobi.
Kagombe observed that this has seen leaders from highly populated counties strain to construct classrooms and issue education bursary to the impoverished, stressing the need for parity in distribution of national resources based on population factor.