Former Bomet governor and Chama cha Mashinani (CCM) party leader Isaac Rutto has apologized for utterances made by lawmakers from the Kalenjin community.
Rutto said the anti-Uhuru remarks are not the stand of the Kalenjin people.
He was referring to utterances made by Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and his Emurua Dikirr counterpart Johanna Ng’eno.
The two legislators are said to have insulted President Uhuru Kenyatta’s mother, Mama Ngina.
“We were shocked and surprised and we never expected that to come from them since they have never come into close contact with the Kenyatta family,” the former county boss told reporters.
Rutto said that the remarks painted the community from which Deputy President William Ruto hails, in bad light.
“As leaders from the community we want to sincerely apologise to the nation at large, family of Kenyatta and anyone to whom utterances were directed at or may have offended,” he added.
He also asked DP Ruto to control the lawless lawmakers who are his alleged allies.
The DP on Monday urged leaders to refrain from insulting the head of state and dragging mothers into murky waters of politics.
“Leaders should exercise restraint and avoid insults and bad language against other Kenyans. Unsavoury words against mothers and Head of State is a NO, NO. No amount of anger justifies use of offensive insulting language. There exists decent ways to communicate however one feels,” he wrote on social media.
Leaders have however called on the DP to personally apologize to the Kenyatta family as the remarks were made by his “mouthpieces”.
Rutto added: “As leaders, we differ politically. Even I sometimes differ on some issues with some leaders but I have never abused or insulted anyone…that is a thing of the past which should not happen now as it will take us to the dark ages when communities used to fight.”