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Ruto: “When did it become crime to be my friend?”

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Deputy President (DP) William Ruto has condemned the arrest of allies, Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi, South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro and former ODM branch executive Samuel Omwando earlier this week.

Speaking at a rally in Kabarnet town, Baringo County on Saturday, DP Ruto said that the leaders were being “punished” for associating with him.

“When did it become a crime to be friends with the Deputy President who was elected alongside the President and is a friend to the President?” DP posed.

Ruto also condemned the use of state agencies against what he says is threatening his political allies, and settling political scores.

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“Stop using the police, the DCI, EACC, KRA to domineer politics in Kenya. Get better strategies to politick. Stop using the criminal justice system in Kenya to play your politics,” he said.

DP Ruto praised the “hustler” narrative saying it was now the central agenda behind all political discussions in Kenya.

“We have managed to change the debate this time. ‘Hustler’ and ‘wheelbarrow’ slogans have dominated the agendas discussed by every politician in every rally or meeting held in Kenya.”

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