US-based Kenyan scholar Prof. Makau Mutua was on Thursday involved in a Twitter spat with blogger Dennis Itumbi.
The tiff was triggered by Mutua’s tweet about ODM leader Raila Odinga’s decision to withdraw his support for the contentious population-driven county revenue-sharing formula.
Mutua tweeted: "I KNEW there was NO WAY Raila Odinga could be on the SAME PAGE with Moses Kuria on the CRUEL one-person-one-shilling-one-vote formula. NYET!"
Itumbi in response to Mutua’s tweet questioned why he has served as the Chairperson of Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) since its inception in 1992.
"Does KHRC as an NGO that believes in Transition, have Term Limits for Board Members? Ama ni kama Cotu as long as you are elected you serve till death do you part? In that case does KHRC hold regular elections? I see you are a lifetime board member for instance...Educate me...," Itumbi posed.
Itumbi’s question did not sit well with Mutua, who was quick to remind him of his spirited fight against civil society organizations in the run up to 2013 and 2017 general elections.
He further urged Itumbi, who is unmarried, to start a family to stop his mind from “loitering aimlessly.”
"Dennis, my little brother, why bother with KHRC? You tried to kill it when you wielded the State House axe and failed. Even Moi tried and failed. Wachana na sisi. Find a partner and have kids — so that you can be busy and stop your mind from loitering aimlessly," Mutua hit back.