In a rare show of solidarity, Deputy President William Ruto and Opposition leader Raila Odinga have joined forces in condemning Uhuru Kenyatta led administration for harassing innocent leaders and civilians.
Just afew minutes after Hon Raila Odinga slammed the State for arresting senators on Monday August 17th, Dr. Ruto quickly took to his twitter account to term the activities as un-warranting and which ought to be stopped. He asked Uhuru Kenyatta without naming, that police harassment was not the way to go for a country that was trying to attain democratic status.
“The bipartisan Senate Committee to build WIN-WIN consensus is great wisdom and leadership. The abuse of police & criminal justice to bully citizens, threaten & intimidate leaders and now blackmail senate is WRONG.VERY WRONG. It’s NOT the reason millions woke up early to vote for,” said Ruto shortly after Odinga had tweeted.
Odinga was the first to throw a shade at police for using force to intimidate people who had a different stnad to that of the government.
He termed the events that occurred last Monday as unfortunate and undemocratic in nature and which may not help this country going forward.
“The events surrounding the arrest of senators yesterday, just like the acrimonious stalemate that has seen the Senate disagree a record nine times on sharing of revenue among counties stand as stark reminders that our struggle for a democratic state is far from finished,” tweeted Mr. Odinga.
Mr. Ruto continued by thanking the formation of a win/win consensus at the Senate which he said was a step in the right direction.
Senate has held hot debating sessions that have never bared fruits and for a record ninth time, they had failed to reach a successful conclusion even as Counties continued to suffer for lack of funding.
The events that occurred at the Senate also left the ‘handshake’ in shambles with legislators seemingly reading on different scripts. That being the first time in the history of the country where leaders had ignored calls by their top leadership to validate the contentious bill through support on the floor.