Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has challenged Deputy President William Ruto to present evidence to back up claims that President Uhuru Kenyatta and senior government officials were inciting hatred and violence just three days before August 9 general election.
During a press conference on Friday, August 5, Matiangi called Ruto’s allegations against the officials “baseless,” adding that such matters were serious and should not be taken lightly.
Matiang’i also urged the Deputy President and his team to refrain from profiling government officials tasked with securing the country.
“These unsubstantiated allegations are consistent with frequent, unfounded, and unconscionable attacks against the government and public officers by His Excellency the Deputy President. The government is run through established and well-known structures and accountability channels.
“It is not a secret society cloaked in conspiracies and dark agendas. As a senior member of the same Government, His Excellency the Deputy President ought to know and manifest an understanding of how Government’s decisions are arrived at and executed,” Matiang’i stated.
He went on to accuse Ruto of jumping to conclusions before the government completed its investigation into the spread of hate leaflets in some parts of the country.
The CS added that if the DP had provided police with evidence to back up his claims, he would have helped with the investigations.
“Allegations that the chiefs and assistant chiefs are buying or withholding IDs to suppress voter turnout in UDA strongholds is ridiculous. If true, it would constitute a criminal and electoral offence.
“There is however no official record made or proof offered by the DP or his associates in support of deterrence and deserved punishment for anyone engaging in the alleged acts. Like everyone else, the DP has an obligation to report on potential crimes,” the CS stated.
Matiang’i said it was wrong of DP Ruto to send personalised attacks on government officers, saying that his words could influence how his supporters relate to them.
On Thursday, the DP accused Rift Valley Regional commissioner Maalim Mohamed of planning chaos on election day.
He said Maalim was holding night meetings with people to plan the violence.
Ruto claimed the Rift Valley RC was being helped by Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu and Nakuru County commissioners.
“The Regional Commissioner of Rift Valley, Maalim Mohamed, the County commissioners Samson Ojwang of Trans Nzoia and Stephen Kihara of Uasin Gishu and Erastus Mbui of Nakuru are part of this scheme. They are the people holding night meetings to plan conflict amongst Kenyans,” Ruto said.
“We are aware of night meetings being held to orchestrate disharmony.”