Jubilee will not tolerate hate speech – DP William Ruto
Deputy President William Ruto has cautioned leaders elected on Jubilee affiliate parties from making remarks that deemed as inciteful or bordering on hate speech.
Speaking in Kuresoi, Nakuru County during the issuance of title deeds to Kamara Settlement Scheme squatters, Ruto said that the Jubilee party will not tolerate cases of incitement and hate speech adding that the country learnt a lesson eight years back.
He instead called on leaders from across the political divide, despite their difference in opinions, to take the front line in preaching peace and unity among communities.
The Deputy President said the Jubilee administration is keen on building bridges among Kenyans, a move geared towards uniting the nation.
“As a party, we should lead by example on how Kenya should be managed,” he said.
“As Jubilee leaders, we should be careful on what we say and ensure we build bridges of friendship and brotherhood for all Kenyans. Hate speech will take the country back.”
His sentiments coming barely a day after eight lawmakers were released on bond after staying in remand for four days over alleged hate speech and incitement to violence.
Jubilee legislators Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati) and CORD’s Johnstone Muthama (Machakos Senator), Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi Women Representative), Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba), Florence Mutua (Busia Women Representative), Junet Mohamed (Suna East) were arrested on Tuesday and locked up at the Muthaiga and Pangani police stations over allegations of hate speech.
The Deputy President also challenged the opposition to suspend its street marches indefinitely saying they are hurting the economy and creating more divisions against Kenyans.