Vice President William Ruto broke his silence a day after a cry over Senator Meru Mithika Linturi’s “madoadoa” at the Eldoret rally on Saturday.
Ruto has now urged his members of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) to pay close attention to their language when addressing the public.
Addressing residents at a rally at Bomet Green Stadium on Monday, the UDA boss reiterated that his party allies should not use political platforms to make inflammatory statements, saying Linturi had already been pardoned for his wrongdoing.
“To those who are talking about Senator Linturi … he made a statement that he regrets, a statement that was inappropriate and Senator Linturi apologized, overturned the statement and apologized unconditionally to the people of Kenya,” DP Ruto said on Monday.
“We want to tell, going forward and to the members of my team, Hustler Nation, that we all need to be careful with our language, we all have to be careful what they say so that we can unite this nation and Hustler does. The nation believes.”
The second prime minister also accused the party of being part of a political party that had discriminated against him.
“To avoid any doubts I also urge institutions responsible for ensuring we have a nation and peaceful elections must apply the law in a way that does not create two sets of laws for two groups of people we want the law to apply as well so we can protect our nation,” he said.
“As a party we believe in national unity, we do not believe in tribal, regional or village policies … of individuals or groups because we are a national party that brings together all communities in Kenya.”
DP Ruto also called on the relevant authorities to apply the law fairly to anyone convicted of public incitement.
DP Ruto’s ally and Senator Elgeyo Marakwet Kipchumba Murkomen also attended the meeting and took the opportunity to apologize on behalf of Linturi who has registered the statement with NCIC.
“Together as UDA we apologize on behalf of Mr. Linturi who also apologized for what he said, we are fully committed to maintaining peace, respecting everyone including our competitors,” Murkomen said.
Senator Linturi who claims to have been removed from the scene during the rally has been detained since his arrest Sunday in Eldoret.