Deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday, November 24 responded to Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti after announcing new developments in the 2007 Post Election Violence Cases (PEV).
Ruto broke his silence on DCI Kinoti’s move as he lamented that it is bound to cause further divisions between communities.
The Deputy Jubilee Party Leader claimed that recording of new statements from victims of PEV would reverse the gains his so-called Hustler Movement had gained against tribalism.
“The provocative incitement to ethnic hate/division intended by the resurrection of PEV is an evil attempt to resuscitate the tribe project destroyed by the hustler movements’ realization that poverty and unemployment deliberately bred by poor leadership is our problem, not our tribes,” read a statement from Ruto.
This comes after most of his allies ganged up against Kinoti following a move to revisit 2007/2008 PEV cases including one involving the burning down of the Kiambaa Church where at least 30 people were killed.
DCI revived the case after some victims recorded fresh statements, with some of them claiming they had been issued with new threats.
Ruto has managed to champion the Hustler Movement that he claims is meant for Kenyans from all walks of life in a bid to change ‘divisive politics’.
He has also been able to empower the youth in the program by issuing tools and equipment to start-up businesses, a move that has attacked backlash from some quarters.
Following the criticism from Ruto allies, Kinoti on Tuesday released a statement noting that DCI would not be re-visiting the Post Election Violence (PEV) cases that happened in 2007.
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen was among the first Ruto ally to hit out at Kinoti following the announcement on Monday.
“The statement by DCI is a desperate move by the system after failing in all their efforts to bring down the DP. They want to incite violence against communities in Rift Valley and especially Eldoret to weaken DP’s political strength in Mt.Kenya,” he stated.