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Friday, July 28, 2017

Arrest Ruto for spreading hate campaign against the opposition, says Cord

Busia woman representative Florence Mutua and Cord leader Raila Odinga in Butula yesterday /GILBERT OCHIENG
Busia woman representative Florence Mutua and Cord leader Raila Odinga in Butula yesterday /GILBERT OCHIENG

“We want an explanation of what ‘kukaranga mtu’ [fry someone] means, if it is not hate speech. We might be forced to fry him first,” says Muthama

Cord leaders said yesterday Deputy President William Ruto should be arrested immediately for his persistent “hate speech campaign” against the opposition’s leadership.

During thanksgiving prayers for Busia woman representative Florence Mutua at Butula Polytechnic, Cord co-principal Raila Odinga demanded an explanation why the Jubilee government is applying selective justice.

“We want an explanation of what ‘kukaranga mtu’ [to fry someone] means, if it is not hate speech. We might be forced to ‘fry’ him first before he does it to us,” Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama said.

He said Raila should be given the opportunity to lead so he can change the constitution for a rotational presidency. Muthama said if Raila becomes President, Kenyans will know those behind unresolved killings of outspoken politicians since independence.

Suna East MP Junet Mohamed said Ruto and Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery masterminded the arrests and detention of eight MPs ovver hate speech. He dismissed Ruto’s claims that those working with Raila are slaves.

“Ruto is the one using the Eurobond money to buy people purposely to destabilise the opposition,” Junet said. Raila cautioned the police against being used by the Jubilee government to fight the opposition leaders. “The police should not be used like dogs to unleash terror on innocent people and leaders who are defending their rights,” he said.

Raila urged the police to emulate their counterparts in Tanzania and the United Kingdom, who are friendly to wananchi. He said the cost of living has skyrocketed due to “rampant corruption propagated by the ruling coalition” at the expense of taxpayers. Raila called for “concerted efforts” to unseat Jubilee next year.

He said the current IEBC is wearing the Jubilee uniform, with 12 players compared to Cord’s 11. Raila said the IEBC commissioners must be kicked out of office. He said the national government is blocking the success of devolution.


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