DP Ruto Breaks Silence On ‘Madoadoa’ Gaffe, Asks UDA Politicians To Mind Their Language

Written by on 10 January 2022

Deputy President William Ruto has broken his silence a day after uproar over the  “madoadoa” gaffe by Meru Senator Mithika Linturi during Satuday’s Eldoret rally.

Ruto has now urged his United Democratic Alliance (UDA) members to be mindful of their language while addressing the public.

Speaking to residents at a rally in Bomet Green Stadium on Monday, the UDA boss reiterated that his party allies should not use political platforms to make inciteful statements,  further stating that Linturi has already apologized for his blunder

“For those who are talking about Senator Linturi …he made a statement which he regrets, a statement that had inappropriate language and senator Linturi has apologized, he has withdrawn the statement and has unconditionally apologized to the people of Kenya,” DP Ruto said on Monday.

“We want to say, going forward and to members of my team, the hustler nation, that all of us must mind our language, all of us must be careful about what they say so that we can unite this nation and that is what the Hustler Nation believes in,”

The second-in-command also chastised those linking his party to segregation politics arguing that UDA does not endorse divisive talks and is focused on promoting the unity of the nation.

“Also for the avoidance of doubt, I want to ask the institutions charged with making sure that we have a peaceful nation and election. They must apply the law in a manner that does not create two sets of laws for two sets of groups. We want the law to apply equally so that we can secure our nation,” he said.

“As a party we believe in the unity of the nation we don’t believe in ethnic, regional, or village politics…and I want to say that we do not subscribe to any divisive talks we do not agree with talks that profiles any individuals or groups because we are a national party that brings all the communities of Kenya together.”

DP Ruto also appealed to the relevant authorities to apply the law equally on anyone found culpable of inciting the public.

DP Ruto ally and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen also present at the rally seized the moment and apologized on behalf of Linturi who has since recorded a statement with the NCIC.

“Together as UDA we apologies on behalf of honorable Linturi who has also apologized for what he said we give our full commitment that we will maintain peace, respect everybody including our competitors,” said Murkomen.

Senator Linturi who claims to  have been taken out of context  during the rally has been in police custody since his arrest in Eldoret on Sunday.

He has also recorded statements with the police and the The National Cohesion and Integration Commission of Kenya (NCIC) pending his arraignment on Monday. 

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