Kenyans are always quick to take to Twitter to express their opinions on issues trending in the country. A number have agreed with Emurua Dikir MP Johana Ng’eno’s criticism of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Ng’eno accused the President of mistreating Deputy President William Ruto. He also alleged that the President has been threatening Ruto’s supporters with arrest, and told him to wait for his term to end and retire peacefully like former President Mwai Kibaki and his predecessor, Daniel arap Moi.
Deputy President William Ruto, tweeting after Emurua Dikir MP Ng’eno launched a scathing attack on the President, wrote: “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 the use of offensive insulting language. There exist decent ways to communicate however one feels.”
Controversial Canada-based lawyer Miguna Miguna disagreed with Deputy President Ruto’s calm approach. He tweeted: “To @WilliamsRuto: Stop your cowardly nonsense. Johana Ng’eno and Oscar Sudi told Despot Uhuru Kenyatta the TRUTH. Kenya is NOT Ngina Kenyatta’s plot. Get out of the way for Ng’eno, Sudi, and other brave Kenyans to fight for FREEDOM. All despots, con men and cowards MUST GO HOME.”
Kenyans replying to his tweet agreed with him saying that it was time Kenyans exercised their freedom of speech.
One @kevinmwema3 tweeted: “Kenya belongs to many tribes, almost 45, meaning Kenya is our country for all those tribes but it’s absurd that people who know what we are going through start criticising Ng’eno and Sudi for just saying the truth. We need a free Kenya free from dynasties, land grabbers, murderers,”
Kenyans on Twitter agreed with Ng’eno and Sudi, arguing that the country belongs to all the millions of Kenyans and not just the President.
As some kenyans are in support, some are not. Some Kenyans have accused The Deputy President of inciting violence among the Kalenjins months before the election.
Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga speaking in an interview with Citizen TV said: “I think it wreaks of huge desperation. It is unacceptable, especially bringing mothers of politicians or families. I think we must exercise restraint. There must be an apology by Oscar Sudi and Johana Ng’eno and the apology must come from none other than the Deputy President himself.”