Deputy President William Ruto has asked leaders to avoid insulting the Head of State, adding that going to the extent of dragging Mama Ngina’s name into the same was unacceptable.
Through a tweet, the DP said no amount of anger justifies foul language and urged his allies to seek better ways of addressing issues.
“Leaders should exercise restraint and avoid insults and bad language against other Kenyans. Unsavoury words against mothers and Head of State is a NO, NO. No amount of anger justifies use of offensive insulting language. There exists decent ways to communicate however one feels,” he remarked.
His tweet generated a heated debate between his supporters and those holding contrary views that almost got out of hand. On Tuesday, several leaders weighed in on the matter, with National Assembly Minority Whip daring the DP to quit if he thinks he can be the next President.
“Kwa Naibu Rais William Ruto, Asimamishe hiyo tabia chafu ambayo ameanza ya kutusi serikali ambayo yeye ni Naibu Rais. Kama ametosheka na serikali na amefika kiwango ya kuwa Rais wa Kenya atoke nje, apambane nje kama sisi (To Ruto, please stop the habit of insulting a government which you are part of. If you are fed up and you believe you can be the President then step aside and battle it out with the rest of us),” Junet said.
The legislator also accused DP Ruto of ‘sending people to abuse other leaders’ then pretend to be an intermediary.
“It is dishonest and old school for Ruto to be sending people to abuse other leaders then pretend to be telling them to stop, you can abuse other leaders to gain power including mothers of this country, you have no business abusing Mama Ngina, abusing her is abusing all mothers of this country,” added Junet.
ODM leader Raila Odinga also called on leaders to mind their language to avoid creating ethnic tension.