Forgive me too, Ruto now pleads

Forgive me too, Ruto now pleads

After President Uhuru Kenyatta asked for forgiveness during his State of the Nation address on Wednesday, Deputy President William Ruto has now followed suit.

Addressing a joint sitting of the National Assembly and Senate, Kenyatta asked Kenyans and fellow politicians to forgive him if he said or did anything hurtful during the 2017 presidential campaign.

“Since leadership is best done by example, not by extorting, let me do as I have asked you all to do today and say that if there’s anything I said last year that hurt or wounded you, if I damaged the unity of the country in any way, I ask you to forgive me and to join me in repairing that harm,” said President Kenyatta.

Moments later, DP Ruto, who was also in Parliament for the State of the Nation address, took to social media asking Kenyans to pardon him for any offence he might have done.

“In keeping with His Excellency’s statement, l William Samoei Ruto unreservedly apologise to anyone offended or hurt in anyway by what I have said or done at any time. Find it in your heart to FORGIVE me. I have forgiven ALL those who wronged me. Let’s embark on BUILDING the BRIDGES of friendship and UNITY,” Ruto tweeted.

— William Samoei Ruto (@WilliamsRuto) May 2, 2018

During the key address, Kenyatta preached reconciliation and deemed it fit as president to lead from the front-line.

“We leaders have to admit that last year we failed in our duty to preserve the unity of this country and we must make amendments. First I pray that all of us will spend the days and weeks after this address repairing the bonds that frayed last year. Let us each apologise for our words, anger and malice that Kenyans heard,” said Kenyatta as the House burst in applause.

“Let us shake hands and embrace our neighbours and let us celebrate the diversity that is God’s gift to us.”