SUCCESSION POLITICS

You risk being cursed - Kikuyu elders warn Ruto for attacking Uhuru

The elders accused Ruto of abusing President Uhuru and his family.

In Summary

• Chairman Wachira Kiago said deputy president William Ruto's hunger for power is worrying.

• They said the DP risks being cursed if he continues attacking Uhuru and his family.

FILE: Deputy President William Ruto
FILE: Deputy President William Ruto
Image: DPPS

Deputy President William Ruto has come under fire from the Kikuyu Council of Elders for attacking President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Speaking on Thursday at their office, elders led by Wachira wa Kiago and Ndung’u Gaithuma (Kiama Kiama) said that the DP is too ambitious in his presidential bid.

Chairman Kiago said Ruto's pursuit for power is worrying and he risks being cursed if he continues attacking Uhuru and his mother Mama Ngina Kenyatta.

He said Ruto should learn patience from ODM leader Raila Odinga who has severally attempted to vie for the presidency without success.

“The deputy president has shown his real identity and he should stop inciting the people of Mount Kenya region during his campaign rallies,” Wachira said.

He added that the same vigour he has in Mount Kenya while campaigning should also be seen in the Rift Valley region.

Kikuyu Council of elders at their office at Ruaka during a press briefing led by chairman Wachira Kiago
Image: Amos Njau

"The Kikuyu community resolves that we will not tolerate any acts or utterances that could lead to bloodshed and destruction of life and property. We urge all Kenyans to reject incitement to violence and disorder for political reasons," Wachira said.

Kiama Kiama national chairman Ndung’u Gaithuma weighed into recent utterances by Ruto urging boda boda youths to raid police stations and take their motorcycles.

Ruto said this on Wednesday when he held a one-day political tour in the Starehe constituency, Nairobi.

Wagaithuma said such a move would lead to bloodshed and should not be tolerated.

“I’m calling on Rift valley elders to warn their son Ruto to campaign peacefully without inciting the public against each other," he said.

The council further defended their move to support Raila for the presidency.

They said they are following president Uhuru's footsteps as their patron and region spokesperson.

Former Nairobi Mayor Diek Waweru said Uhuru’s decision represents the desires of the community and is aimed at ensuring the country is united.

He urged Kenyans to follow the rule of law without inciting each other.

Former Starehe parliamentary aspirant Gathogo Gikonyo said they will continue to stand with the President saying Central Kenya needs to remain united ahead of the general election.

Edited by B.Marita

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