In order to solve the problem of the distribution of hate pamphlets, which are allegedly used to frighten locals in the Rift Valley region, Vice President William Ruto has given his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta, and other state institutions a mission.
In a press conference on Thursday, Ruto asserted that he had knowledge that flyers warning communities of potential chaos in the August elections had been distributed this week.
The pamphlets, according to the Kenya Kwanza flag-bearer, are intended to frighten people and prevent them from voting.
“Sometime this week leaflets were distributed warning communities the same old stuff that has taken Kenya through a lot of pain,” said Ruto.
“The people behind these leaflets are known by the State and the intention of the leaflets is to cause panic in the population and create a situation that will foment citizens to go and vote.”
Now that the nation’s peace is at risk, Ruto has urged President Kenyatta and other security agencies to address the situation quickly and hold those responsible accountable.
He claimed that his supervisor was aware of those participating in the distribution of the leaflets, including county commissioners and the county commissioner for the Rift Valley, but chose to keep quiet about it.”We are asking his excellency the president, in his constitutional duty, to ensure that the country is safe and stop these people to plan the evil they are planning,” said Ruto.
“We want the Director General of the National Intelligence Service to tell the country what is going on. We cannot sit pretty and see the same things that happened in Kenya happening again,” he added.
“The regional commissioner of Rift Valley Maalim Mohammed, Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Samson Ojwang, and Stephen Kihara of Uasin Gishu, Erastus Mbui of Nakuru are the people holding night meetings to plan conflict amongst Kenyans and unfortunately the president of Kenya is aware.”
Mr. Ruto warned political figures against using violence and intimidation to influence elections in their favor, stressing that the nation did not want a situation like the one in 2007.
“We committed ourselves in 2007 that we will never again go back to the politics of ethnicity and division and violence. But they are people, having realised that they can’t win the elections, they want to cause conflict.”
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