DP William Ruto asks Police to Act Firmly on Kenyans who Dismiss the Curfew Directive

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Itumbi, William Ruto

Deputy President William Ruto has added his voice to the events of #PoliceBrutality and #PoliceViolence witnessed yesterday during the first night of the COVID-19 Curfew. The DP took to Twitter to express his satisfaction with the directive issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta days ago.

Dr Ruto has urged all Kenyans to comply with the directive implying that it is a decision made to ensure their own safety. He noted that everyone Must comply without failure in order to tame the virus which has been declared a pandemic by World Health Organisation (WHO).

Seen to be struggling to align his views with the general feeling of the public, Dr Ruto also called on to the Police to exercise their mandate but with utmost civility and restraint.

The DP seemed to echo what his allies have been saying over the past 12 hours. Senator Onesmus Murkomen showed that he had agreed with Musalia Mudavadi’s thoughts that the police turned to Kenyans with violence instead of helping them to contain the spread of the virus. Retweeting Mudavadi’s opinion with a nod, Murkomen indicated that he didn’t approve of the move by the Police especially in Mombasa.

Kandara MP Alice Wahome also took to Twitter to condemn the police calling on to Dr Fred Matiangi to apologise to Kenyans.

“What instructions were given to Law enforcement agencies.This harassment and treating Kenyans with such indignity is what I raised on 29 th Dec 2019 during the burial of Dr Charles Rubia. Dr Fred Matiang’i must apologize to Kenyans and take responsibility” she noted.
Hon William Chepkut also made his position clear, seemingly supporting other voices in the DP’s camp.
“There’s no acceptable violence against an unarmed person. Even one who is armed should always be offered an opportunity to surrender peacefully before the State organs unleash their firepower – that’s the cardinal rule. #PoliceBrutality #PoliceViolence “, he noted.
Dennis Itumbi also called on to the government to scrap off BBI and redirect the funds allocated to a more befitting cause such as the fight against the spread of the virus. He noted that the police only brutalised the Hustler Nation, term used to refer to William Ruto’s supporters in the political realm.

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