GOVERNORS JOHO AND KINGI PROTEST RUTO ATTACKS ON COAST LEADERS:
Deputy President Mr William Ruto was in Malindi for two days to drum up support for the Jubilee candidate for Malindi by-elections Mr Philip Charo. We congratulate our people for the courtesy they extended to it and the general peace and decorum that has characterized the campaign so far.
We however note with utmost concern the uncivil conduct, characterized with very personalized attacks on the leaders and people of this region thus making a campaign that has so far borne the respect and decorum that residents of the Coast acquire and a dangerous and demeaning dimension.
We therefore wish to remind Mr Ruto that here in the Coast, we are different. Communities of this region value courtesy, respect for elders, strong sense of family, enduring moral values and upholding of the dignity of fellow human beings.
These values we hold dear. We will strongly resist whoever tries to degrade or abandon them for whatever reason, including political campaigns. The Jubilee leadership including Ruto, Aden Duale and Mike Sonko who camped in this area went all out to insult and degrade these timeless values of our people here, in search for votes. The people here are not taking this kindly.
We wish to alert Malindi voters that Ruto and his brand of politics is bad for our people. We must reject him and all his local agents. Ruto and his politics is too divisive for our people who thrive in strong sense of community and family.
Ruto is too abrasive and abusive for the known decency, humility, politeness and welcoming people of the Coast. We must reject him and his brand of what passes for leadership.
We have very serious reservations about Mr Ruto’s moral credentials. We were therefore shocked to hear the DP question the morality of leaders of this region. Ruto has no known respect for people’s property and no respect for age. It is on record that William Ruto took 100 hectares of land belonging to an old man one Adrian Muteshi who fled the violence and killing of 2007-2008 election violence in Eldoret. It took the intervention of the courts for the old Muteshi to get back his land. What Ruto did to Muteshi is unAfrican, immoral and vengeful. It stands in total contrast with what we, the communities of the Coast believe in. Ruto’s associates and family members feature prominently in the current NYS theft saga. We were therefore shocked and disgusted and that Ruto, during his visit, Ruto threatened to ensure businesses recently shut down remain shut despite the fact that the disputes are before competent courts of law.
Here in the Coast, we believe in taking care of the weak and investing in the future of our children, not stealing from them. Ruto believes in investing in himself. That is why he had the audacity to grab land belonging to the airport in Nairobi and turning it into his hotel. The said hotel then went ahead to grab school land for parking.
Our people will be making a grave mistake if they give Ruto as much as toe hold here. You give Ruto an inch, he will seek an acre. We must reject Ruto and all his agents if we are to retain our honour, dignity, sense of community and respect as a people. We must vote for ODM and deny Ruto a foothold in the counties of the Coast.
H.E Ali Hassan Joho; Governor; Mombasa County.
H.E Amason Jaffer Kingi; Governor, Kilifi County.
FEBRUARY 25, 2016.