January 26, 2022

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Ruto warns opponents against inciting Rift Valley locals to violence

Deputy President William Ruto (pictured) has asked different ethnic communities living in the Rift Valley to continue embracing peace.

He regretted that some politicians and senior civil servants are keen to incite communities in the region to engage in violence.

 Speaking in Njoro, he said his competitors had resorted to inciting residents for their own selfish gains.

The DP was accompanied by Senators Susan Kihika (Nakuru ), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho) and MPs Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Liza Chelule (Nakuru county), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati) and Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu). Others were Rindikiri Mugambi (Buuri), Johana Ng’eno (Emurua Dikirr), Gathoni Wa Muchomba (Kiambu), Kithure Kindiki (Tharaka Nithi), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), John Waluke (Sirisia), Nelson Koech (Belgut), David Gikaria (Nakuru East) and Christopher Langat (Bomet).

 Ngunjiri urged politicians not to play the tribal card when campaigning saying the move would isolates other communities in the region.

“We do not want anyone to incite us into violence. We want to live peacefully with every community in the region,” said Ngunjiri.

 Kihika urged Nakuru county residents to stick to the peace agreement that was reached after President Uhuru Kenyatta and Dr Ruto came together to end poll violence.

 Ichung’wa said it was unbelievable that civil servants were the ones colluding with local politicians to incite residents against each other.

He said it was annoying to learn that the Ministry of Interior has deliberately denied Njoro constituency police officers and police cars to enhance security in the area.

Murkomen and Gachagua urged Nakuru residents not to allow selfish politicians interfere with their harmonious relations.

 Kindiki said threats and intimidations meted against leaders opposing Mr Raila Odinga will not help him ascend to power.

“They are using police, DCI and KRA to intimidate people to vote for Raila. It will not work and the fact remains that we will not vote for him,” he said.