• Suna East Member of Parliament, Junet Mohamed, on Monday, January 10, claimed that Deputy President William Ruto was behind the alleged inflammatory remarks made by Meru Senator, Mithika Linturi.

    Addressing mourners at a funeral in Ongata Rongai, Kajiado County, where he had accompanied Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga, the National Assembly Minority Leader stated that the DP should have condemned Linutri’s remarks in Eldoret and not in Bomet.

    He went on to add that Ruto was just using Linturi to test the waters and see how Kenyans would react to such reckless remarks.

    Meru Senator Mithika Linturi addresses the crowd at the UDA rally in Eldoret on Saturday, January 8, 2021
    Meru Senator Mithika Linturi addresses the crowd at the UDA rally in Eldoret on Saturday, January 8, 2021

    “When I was in the car, I heard that Ruto had condemned Linturi in Bomet. That is a pure joke, he should have condemned Linturi while in Eldoret, the same day he made such remarks instead of waiting until things turn hot,” remarked Junet.

    The Suna East MP further revealed that Ruto’s failure to call out Linturi in Eldoret implied that he was the one who sent the Senator to make the reckless remarks.

    “He sent Linturi to make the remarks as he waited to see how Kenyans will react. After noting that things are going south, that is when he comes out to condemn it, we are not stupid.

    “It is you (Ruto) who sent Linturi, we know how you experiment things, we know how politicians operate. Ruto sent him but he went an extra mile,” he added.

    Junet also asked Ruto to respect Raila and stop referring to him as a project since he (Raila) is the one who appointed him to lead several dockets in the coalition government. 

    The ODM Legislator also asked Ruto to stop saying that the government is fighting him yet he is still the Deputy President of the country.

    On Monday, January 10, police sought more time to hold the Linturi pending investigations into his remarks. 

    In the application, police revealed that they had not recorded witness statements since the rally on Saturday, January 8 where the Senator allegedly made the controversial remarks.

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