President Uhuru Kenyatta told off politicians aligned to his deputy William Ruto, who were crying foul over state harassment and persecutions.
On Monday, December 30, during the burial of former minister Charles Rubia, in Kandara, Murang’a County, Inua Mama Chairperson, Alice Wahome, claimed that the horrific days that marred former President Daniel arap Moi’s regime were creeping back.
She went on to rally Kenyatta to protect his legacy and the freedom fought for by second liberation leaders like the late Rubia.
“We are living in a difficult period and there is the fear of the 1990s creeping back. We have received threatening calls and it can’t and should never be like this. It should be your legacy to protect the democracy that was fought for and I will stand by that,” the Kandara MP lamented.
DP Ruto’s have constantly lashed out at Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and his PS Karanja Kibicho, accusing them of harassing DP Ruto allies. In November 2019, Matiang’i responded arguing that he was loyal to Kenyatta and was acting upon the head of state’s instruction to work without bias to any politician.
Kenyatta also urged the leaders to focus on development, shun idle talks but enjoy the freedom of expression.
“We have safeguarded and protected the freedom wholesomely. No one has been hindered from speaking out, even at the rooftops and to the top of one’s voice. However, leaders are misusing the freedom by failing to use it to propagate peace, unity and in the fight against corruption.
“Sikuingilii wewe. (I am not lashing back at you – Alice Wahome), but the best way to protect freedom is not being involved in an idle talk that will not help in the fight against poverty, graft, unemployment and tea woes. Let’s use the freedom to articulate issues to make the lives of ordinary citizens better,” Kenyatta responded.
He went on to further prove that he was committed to uplifting and safeguarding the freedom of expression by responding to Miguna Miguna’s return, stating that he was free to return to Kenya.
“I hear that there are those seeking to board an aeroplane to come back to Kenya to continue talking; let them come and shout but let’s use the freedom of expression in a manner that will help Kenyan,” Kenyatta proclaimed.
Video: Citizen TV
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