Deputy President William Ruto has warned members of his United Democratic Alliance against making inflammatory statements that might abrogate peace as the country gets into the electioneering season.
Speaking during a rally held in Bomet County, the second in command asked members of the Hustler Nation to mind their language while addressing their supporters.
All of us must be careful about what we say so that we can unite this country because that is what the Hustler Nation believes in.
The DP was reacting to Meru Senator Mithik Linturi’s ‘madoadoa’ statement at a UDA rally held in Eldoret that has ignited a political storm in the country.
Ruto apologized to the country on behalf of his team and also pleaded for the nation to accept the lawmaker’s regrets.
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In the video that went viral after the rally, Linturi was heard saying ” Sisi tunataka kuwa kwa serikali inayokuja lakini nawaambia watu wa Uasin Gishu msicheze na Kenya na kile nawaomba ni kwamba madoadoa yale mliyonayo hapa muweze kuondoa. Hatuwezi kuwa tukisimama na William Ruto kule Mt Kenya na mko na wengine hapa hawasikii na hawawezi ungana naye…”
Linturi was arrested in Eldoret on Sunday and transferred to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters for questioning.
The lawmaker is also expected to appear before the National Cohesion and Integration Commission on Wednesday over the utterances.
Ruto’s Tangatanga team has come under fire over the deemed reckless statement by the Meru Senator during a UDA rally in Eldoret.
Leaders from all walks of life, including some UDA backers, joined Raila in condemning the utterances.
They held the general view that such talk could spark poll chaos as was experienced during the 2007 general election.
Over 1,300 died and over 600,000 were displaced internally by the events. Eldoret was one of the worst-hit areas during the fracas.