Atwoli says Ruto risks jail time over remarks about police officers
The Central Organization Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli says Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i should order the arrest of Deputy President William Ruto over his continued attacks on the government and State officers.
Atwoli’s sentiments follow Ruto’s recent rants over the alleged heavy deployment of police officers to some parts of the Rift Valley region.
Ruto had claimed the move would trigger residents and distort peace in the region.
Speaking in Kisii on Tuesday during Azimio la Umoja One Kenya campaign rally, Atwoli said the DP’s remarks were becoming extreme and the government should now take action against him.
He claimed Ruto's remarks were out of order and intimidates security officers.
“Asilete mambo ya kuingilia polisi; alisimama kusema police watolewe (Rift Valley)…polisi ni wafanyikazi, asicheze na polisi,” Atwoli stated.
“I am asking Matiang’i…ni kijana mdogo sana na anaweza kuwa a very good boxer na huwezi kumpiga…toa warning kama William anaendelea hivyo sisi tutaweka yeye ndani. Wangapi wanasema awekwe ndani?” he piqqued.
Further Atwoli asked Ruto to respect police officers.
Atwoli added: “Eldoret North Constituency ya zamani ajue ni ya kila Mkenya. Iko na Wakisii, Waluhya, Wakikuyu…na Wakalenjin ni ndugu zetu. Ruto hana nchi yake, hii ni nchi yetu sisi wote. Let him respect the police, the police cannot issue papers to say other tribes to vacate a certain area.”