DP Ruto accuses Government of inciting Communities in the Rift Valley

Deputy President William Ruto has accused the Government of circulation of hate leaflets to incite ethnic conflict in Rift Valley region.

Ruto says the leaflet being spread by state operatives to incite communities living in the region against each other during and after the elections.

Ruto saying Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi’ and his Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho should take responsibility over the same.

DP Ruto spoke during a campaign tour of Kerugoya and Kagio towns in Kirinyaga County, saying ethnic incitement is meant to instill fear and panic among voters so that they can start fleeing or not vote.

He said the two dominant communities in the region will continue living together as brothers and sisters and “no amount of intimidations will provoke them to fight.”

Ruto asked communities living in Rift valley not to fall into the trap of those behind the leaflets urging them to exercise their democratic right by electing the leaders of their choice on Tuesday.

“We are saying NIS Director General Phillip Kameru must tell Kenyans who are those spreading violence messages unless he is part of it,” the DP said while addressing residents of Kagio town.

He asked Kenyans to maintain peace during and after the polls and reject calls to engage in any form of conflict that can plunge the country into chaos.

“We are asking Kenyans to reject any form of violence. We want a free and fair election, ethnic conflict has no place in modern Kenya, “he added.

Ruto at the same time endorsed Governor Ann Waiguru for a second term describing her as one of the best performing County bosses in the country.

His running mate Rigathi Gachagua also urged chiefs and other government officials to reject unlawful instructions from the Government saying they should play their role to ensure a free and fair election.

Governor Waiguru urged the residents to re-elect her so as to complete the development projects she has initiated.

She claimed that state operatives are buying Identity cards and collecting names of voters to coerce them to vote for Azimio candidates.

DP Ruto was accompanied by National Assembly Justin Muturi, Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro, Charles Jaguar Kanyi (Starehe) and George Kariuki (Ndia).


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