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Ruto breaks silence over Sondu clashes; ‘hatutaki mambo ya ujinga!’

Ruto warns of dire consequences to those behind Sondu clashes in the border of Kisumu and Kericho boundary.

President William Ruto has fired a warning shot at the perpetrators of the Sondu skirmishes, which have resulted in at least 7 fatalities.

On Friday, October 6, while touring Kisumu County, Ruto stated that individuals responsible for the Sondu clashes would face legal repercussions.

Ruto said had already ordered Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki to take decisive action against those responsible, warning them that they face the consequences.

“There are people who are taking us back and causing conflicts within the community and among neighbors. I have already told Kithure Kindiki that just as we dealt with those from North Rift and Al Shabaab, the people of Sondu here will also face the consequences,” Ruto affirmed. 

The President went on to preach against tribalism saying the country should be united despite the differences that exist among people.

Ruto directed that all those involved in the planning of the deaths be arrested and jailed.

“We don’t want foolishness and tribalism. We all live in one Kenya, and the Kenyan government is the government of every Kenyan. 

“I have told Kindiki to ensure that anyone who caused a citizen to lose their life must be arrested and taken to jail because killing a fellow citizen is unacceptable; they can go on that third journey, but they will go through the court process first,” President Ruto remarked. 

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The Directive by the President comes after Azimio linked top UDA politician to Sondu clashes in the Kisumu-Kericho border as they called for investigations.

The opposition coalition has claimed that senior leaders from Kericho including the governor Dr Eric Mutai have sponsored the violence that has pitted communities from the two counties against each other.

Further, the Raila Odinga-led outfit has claimed that there were some leaders from the national government who were behind the clashes that started on Tuesday night.

“Big names are behind this violence. They include leaders and politicians in neighbouring counties and in the national government,” the statement read in part.

“In particular, we are demanding investigations to be carried out upon individuals who have been mentioned as sponsors of the violence, who include the Kericho County Governor, Dr Eric Mutai.”

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