On Tuesday night Professor Mutahi Ngunyi took issue with lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi after the lawyer blasted the Suna East MP Junet Mohammed on Twitter while demanding that he should address President Ruto with respect at all times.
The social media spat between the two gentlemen begun when Junet posted a tweet telling President Ruto that they are not planning any demos however even if they were to plan one then there is nothing Ruto could have done about it.
Few minutes after his tweet had gone viral, lawyer Ahmednasir pointed out that Junet was not using any title while addressing the President in a series of his tweets. He therefore warned Junet to address the President appropriately.
“Address H.E Ruto using his appropriate title. Show some respect please,” twitted Ahmednasir.
This response to Junet by Ahmednasir however prompted Mutahi Ngunyi to weigh in on the issue while telling the lawyer that it is not all about respecting Ruto as an individual but respecting the office that he holds.
Mutahi Ngunyi further pointed out that people should not treat President Ruto with contempt the same way former President Uhuru Kenyatta was treated.
“My friend Ahmednasir, you are wrong. You cannot ask Junet to respect Ruto. You command respect. You do not ask for it but we must respect the office that Ruto occupies. It is a social contract. We must not do to Ruto what we did to Uhuru,” said Ngunyi.
It can be remembered that towards the end of the tenure of Uhuru Kenyatta, he suffered a lot of humiliation from the hands of most junior politicians who would always call him names in public rallies without regard for his position as the head of state and even the high office he holds in the land.
It is in this regard that Mutahi is now calling on Kenyans to respect the office of the President even if they may at times disagree with the holder.
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