A day after Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss George Kinoti announced that the investigative agency is going to revive the 2007-2008 post-election violence cases, Deputy President William Ruto has weighed in on the same.
Through his Twitter page, Ruto, who had remained silent for the better part of Monday, rubbished the DCI’s decision, saying it was ill-informed and coming at a time the country had made several steps to attain everlasting peace.
The second in command termed Kinoti’s remarks as a provocative incitement to ethnic hate as well as divisions, aimed at re-resurrecting and paining the already healed wounds.
Ruto communicated that the 2007-2008 skirmishes had already been buried by the hustler movement’s intention to bring to end poverty and unemployment through youth and women empowerment projects.
“The provocative INCITEMENT to ethnic hate/division INTENDED by the ressurection of PEV is an EVIL attempt to resuscitate the TRIBE project DESTROYED by the HUSTLER movements’ REALISATION that poverty&unemployment DELIBERATELY bred by poor leadership is our PROBLEM NOT our tribes,” read Ruto’s tweet.
The provocative INCITEMENT to ethnic hate/division INTENDED by the ressurection of PEV is an EVIL attempt to resuscitate the TRIBE project DESTROYED by the HUSTLER movements' REALISATION that poverty&unemployment DELIBERATELY bred by poor leadership is our PROBLEM NOT our tribes.
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) November 24, 2020
Ruto’s reactions come at a time several leaders in the country, and especially those from the Rift Valley, a region that was worst hit by the skirmishes, have come out to condemn Kinoti.
Speaking on Monday evening, Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago hit out at the DCI boss, saying it is evident from his speech that he was operating under an ‘unusual environment’.
The county chief added that Kinoti’s remarks clearly proved right rumours which had been doing round that lawyer Gicheru’s surrender to the ICC is linked to a possible revival of ICC cases against the Deputy President William Ruto.
“It is evident from his speech…you do not have to be a psychologist to see that he is operating under an unusual environment. As a governor, I have no reason not to believe in the rumours that have been going around that some detectives have been going around this county over the possible revival of ICC cases,” stated Mandago
He, however, urged Uasin Gishu county residents to embrace peace and continue co-existing together, saying the storm was soon going to subside.
the same has been echoed by other leaders including Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi among others, who have accused the state of alleged ill-intentions against the DP as far as his 2022 presidential ambitions are concerned.