Raila, Ruto Unite To Condemn The Government

Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga have ganged up to condemn President Uhuru’s administration after it allowed the police to arrest, three senators, on Monday.

On Monday emotions ran high during the debate with senators pointing accusing finger at the state for unleashing terror on their colleagues holding views.

DCI officers arrested Senator Cleophas Malala (Kakamega), Christopher lang’at (Bomet), and Steve Lelegwe (Samburu).

Deputy President William Ruto took to his Twitter wall and condemned the act of the police saying: “The abuse of police and criminal justice to bully citizens, threaten and intimidate leaders and now blackmail senate is wrong.”

Dr. Ruto added that Kenyans did not elect Jubilee leaders to bully citizens.

“The bipartisan Senate Committee to build win-win consensus is great wisdom and leadership. The abuse of police is wrong..very wrong. It’s not the reason millions woke up early to vote for us,” the DP said.

Ruto’s post came just a few minutes after former Prime Minister Raila Odinga sent a statement to the newsroom on the senator’s arrest.

The ODM leader criticized the government action, adding that it needed to pull back and let go of actions that can take away the gains that the country has made on the path of democratization.

“The warlords need to stop beating the drums of war or financing the divisive rhetoric and our legislators involved in this matter need to search their souls in all honesty and put public good above private gain,” Raila said.

According to Raila, the division that was seen in the Senate over the revenue sharing formula between the 47 devolved units should not be allowed to tone down the ethnic and regional rhetoric and diffuse the tensions that erupted to the surface over the issue.

“At a time that we need to come together to confront monumental problems including a struggling economy, schools whose gates are shut for children and a chronic health care crisis, we cannot afford to push positions that cause more divisions in the hope that such can boost our chances in competitive politics,” he said.

Raila added that the country should desist from actions and utterances that have the potential not only to widen the ethnic divide but also to denigrate the country’s young experiment with devolution of resources and services.

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He went ahead to call on the state and politicians to work together for the benefit of all Kenyans.

Senators linked the arrest of the three senators on the controversial revenue sharing formula debate.

Police officers camped at the lawmakers’ homes throughout Sunday night trying to arrest, but it was not until midday on Monday.

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