- DP Ruto accused Raila of being the cause of chaos, destruction, and bloodshed in the country.
- Ruto said this after five NASA supporters lost their lives during Raila's welcome back march.
- Raila had been in the Us for ten days.
Deputy President William Ruto was on the receiving end of rebuke when his tweet about National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga did not sit well with Kenyans.
The lord of POVERTY & master of VIOLENCE came with his signature chaos, destruction, bloodshed and death. Barbaric, undemocratic&primitive— William Samoei Ruto (@WilliamsRuto) November 18, 2017
Ruto’s tweet, which came right after NASA supporters engage the police in cat and mouse games over being stopped from accessing Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to receive Raila seemed to annoy most of his followers.
On November 17, the police had a hard time controlling NASA supporters who had flocked to the airport to receive Raila, who had been to the United States for 10 days.
The supporters’ after engaging with the police then joined Raila’s motorcade in a march through Mombasa Road all the way to Uhuru Park where Raila was to give his speech.
Upon arrival, the park had been sealed off which then caused more chaos as supporters struggled to get in. The march then moved towards Upper hill.
Five supporters lost their lives during the entire march as they clashed with police from The Airport to their destination. Lots of property was destroyed, shops were looted and cars were stoned.
Following the whole incident, Ruto tweeted on November 18 accusing Raila of causing poverty and violence and calling him primitive.
This outburst elicited strong emotions from Kenyans and they did not hesitate to respond to him.
Spare us sir,,, I better relate with the lord of land grabbing, corruption and impunity than associating with the lord of deaths, violence and property destruction— Annie Ngugi (@anniewangui_) November 18, 2017
Master of Violence?? I thought you were the one charged in ICC for crimes against humanity, Mass MURDER, Deportation or forcible transfer of a population, torture and persecution of the Kenyan people! Just a quick reminder.— Hon.Tom Akwiri (@Tom_Akwiri) November 18, 2017
Stop being blind, if your police could have allowed the peaceful procession the chaos couldn't hv been there, but u r panicking until u can't reason— Aura christopher (@ChristopherAura) November 18, 2017
Ruto, call him whatever you want but remember nobody clings to power forever. Be rational, you are filled with hate and claim to be holier than RAO? Recollect yourself and rethink your actions— Tony Godia (@GodiaTonylaw) November 18, 2017
The Whole world Knows who was CHARGED with the most HEINOUS crimes against Humanity on Earth at ICC, Raila Odinga DEFIED Jubilee, your STRATEGY failed #RailaReturns #RESIST— Charles Mark Dienya (@MarkDienya) November 18, 2017
On this one, i disagree. Police were caught on camera pelting stones at Raila's Convoy. What a shame. Revisit your advisors before pointing a finger at Raila— Njoroge (@itsnjosh) November 18, 2017
It can only take #250 characters to bring an entire nation to its knees, and you Shouldn't poke a wounded lions especially when you're hanging on to a broken dangling branch above them. STAY OFF TWITTER.— Bashir G. ???????????? ???? (@Bashir_Gule) November 18, 2017
In case you have not known yet, the 3rd worst police forces started following, teargassing nd throwing stones to civilian who wanted to welcome their leader nd it's sad, barbaric, undemocratic as well as primitive and chaos caused by those who were against free nd fair election.— Noordin (@Noordin08) November 18, 2017
But I think The Demo Was All Peaceful until when The Police Started Enganging The Local Demonstrators who in fear of police reacted with Violence. #AmaniKenya.— EMBU COUNTY NEWS (@NewsZaEmbu) November 18, 2017
Your gov't caused all this,was it so difficult for Raila to be allowed to use Uhuru park ground? That was unnecessary stand off.Failed govt.— Charity Wambui (@Charity_Wambo) November 18, 2017
Why I disagree: Because @RailaOdinga brought no violence aboard. It is the police your government ordered to PREVENT people from WELCOMING @RailaOdinga . Not a fair game. May God avenge— Mokoro Stephen (@MokoroStephen) November 18, 2017
A few tweeps thought the DP was right;
We need reconciliation not insults. God bless Kenya.— ( ?° ?? ?°) (@StarlingsM) November 18, 2017
Am yearning for the day Ul be my PRESIDENT, all this nonsense will end.— Dave Njogu (@njogu) November 18, 2017
Nobody forced them out of their premises to come and demonstrate.we Let them do the same again#We are not regretting at all— ANDREW KIPCHUMBA TAN (@TanKipchumba) November 18, 2017