Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru has jumped to the defence of President Uhuru Kenyatta in light of growing disrespect towards the Head of State, by politicking leaders.
Speaking on KTN’s Point Blank, Waiguru noted that ironically, a significant amount of demeaning utterances towards the President and his administration in the past originated from his very own Jubilee Party, and especially, from troops loyal to Deputy President William Ruto.
Addressing recent claims by Ruto allied leaders that Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i is out to publicly humiliate the DP, the county head stated that the said leaders should weed out abusive members of their camps first.
“If the Deputy President is condemning any minister for talking the way they do, he needs to start with his troops. They are the ones who call people names, they are the ones who insult people,” Waiguru stated, adding that Uhuru supporters are not interested in hitting back at his critics since that would only lead to a pointless shouting match.
Waiguru went ahead to question why Ruto has never chastised any of his political friends for disrespecting government leaders.
“We have never heard him telling them that please, your language is unacceptable, you need to tone down on your insults,” the former CS for Devolution remarked.
“Let them stop chest-thumping. Let them address the President with the respect that he deserves,” Waiguru asserted, noting that Uhuru is the biggest symbol of unity that the country currently has.
“Let us also respect the people that the President has put in office,” she added, referring to Interior CS and PS Matiang’i and Karanja Kibicho.
In the conversation with host Tony Gachoka, Waiguru also questioned Rutos strategy of infiltrating the Mt. Kenya region ahead of the 2022 General Election.
According to the governor, Ruto needs to widen his campaign base, since Central Kenya votes will not win him the Presidency.