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Ruto has no respect for Luyia leaders, says Atwoli

“The DP should learn from former President Moi. Moi never abused Luyia leaders like Ruto is doing, and if he thinks this is how he will earn the votes of Luyia community he has missed the formula. Ruto should respect Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula, na hata mimi anafaa aniheshimu (even I deserve r

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 05 Dec 2016 12:04 EAT

Trade union leader Francis Atwoli has accused deputy president William Ruto of despising leaders from the Luyia community. Speaking at a public function at Manyonyi in Lugari Sub County yesterday, Mr Atwoli said “Ruto had not seen a Luyia leader that he can respect”, enumerating the derogatory words the DP had used to describe current Luyia leaders.

“The DP should learn from former President Moi. Moi never abused Luyia leaders like Ruto is doing, and if he thinks this is how he will earn the votes of Luyia community he has missed the formula. Ruto should respect Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula, na hata mimi anafaa aniheshimu (even I deserve respect),” said Mr Atwoli.

The COTU boss was speaking in the region just a day after Ruto had addressed a meeting there and dismissed opposition leaders. The DP, according to a video clip, had claimed that Messrs Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Raila Oding had been in government positions “for more than 100 years” and never done what they now promise to do in five years.

“Mudavadi was a minister for 25 years, Kalonzo for 35 and Raila for 25 years. These guys have a combined government experience of more than 100 years and they didn’t do the things they want to do now,” he had said, urging the people to vote for Jubilee.

The DP, while well known for making unsubstantiated remarks, made many false assertions at the meeting according to the clip, and Mr Atwoli was incensed by the mean language he deployed in describing Luyia leaders. Mr Atwoli said the DP’s language was “unbecoming of a national leader.”

He also censured Jubilee leaders for what he described as “an unprecedented scale of corruption. If things continue like this, the next leader who takes over the country will be taking a granary without food.”

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