Deputy President William Ruto is dangerous and must be stopped, ODM members of parliament have pronounced.
Led by National Assembly minority leader John Mbadi and minority whip Junet Mohamed, the MPs said the second in command and his allies staged the protests that rocked Kenol, Murang’a county.
According to Junet, the DP is too “angry, too bitter and too entitled to be President of Kenya”.
He also noted that Ruto is used to the violent politics and is likely to mete out the same level of violence during his an upcoming visit to Kisumu.
“Ruto is running a dangerous narrative of hustler that intends to divide this country into the haves and the have nots. Grouping the hustlers is in preparation of anarchy in this country,” he said.
“Ruto is planning similar violence in Kisumu. He has sent one (Eliud) Owalo to meet youth the whole weekend with aims of causing chaos in his visit to Kisumu.”
The lawmaker also said, “Ruto is a bitter man…he is fueling chaos with his money, he must be stopped…we condemn the violence meted out on the people in Murang’a, the violence was initiated in the name of Ruto…Ruto is too angry, too bitter and too entitled to be the President, unless we want to spoil this country…He thinks he is owed Presidency.”
Mbadi on his part said that Ruto was the common denominator in the 1992 and 2007 clashes, adding that they will not allow him to take charge of the country come 2022.
“In 2007, as ODM we were busy looking for votes but Ruto was busy mobilising youths to evict people from Rift Valley and when elections results were out he went into action,” Mbadi said.
“He has started again going into 2022.”
They were flanked by MPs Jared Okelo (Nyando), Gladys Wanga (Homabay MP), Antony Oluoch (Mathare), Paul Abuor (Rongo) and nominated Senator Gertrude Mashruve.
Earlier, ODM leader Raila Odinga urged politicians to stop campaigning acknowledge that systemic violence has plagued Kenya for far too long and all Kenyans need to commit to working together to confront and end it.
“Let’s renounce the politics of violence and militarization of our youth as a mean of achieving power,” he said.
“We must regard such politics as outdated and out of tune with our current aspirations to move past our divided and bitter past as a nation in favour of politics of engagement rather than confrontation.”