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Opinion: Kenyans Lose When Ruto And Raila Engage In Hate Speech

Rowdy youth on Sunday disrupted a rally held by DP Ruto's UDA Party within Jacaranda Grounds in Embakasi East Constituency.

Police lobbed teargas to dispel the rioters in running battles that threatened to halt the Ruto rally. A visibly fazed Ruto continued with the rally but heaped blame on Raila Odinga.

The youth chanted "hatutaki pesa, tunataka Baba" meaning we don't want cash handouts, we want Baba (Raila). The choreography is not new in Kenya as politicians at the height of electioneering usually 'rent' youth to wreak havoc in rival's meetings.

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko in a statement to the DCI early last year revealed how one party would wreak havoc in their meeting and blame the opposing party to earn sympathy from voters.

In the fracas at Jacaranda Grounds police have not released any statistics on injuries and loss of limb. Most certainly when this occurs it will not be among the politicians but their followers.

Ruto's immediate reaction of apportioning blame on Raila is suspect. The ODM Party leader was nowhere in the vicinity of the fracas.

The ODM Party Secretariat's reaction of releasing a statement one hour later blaming Ruto for planning the attack on his rally as a way of garnering sympathy is also wrong. This blame game only serves to fuel animosity and violence.

Baby Owino the MP for Embakasi East has been blamed for planning the disruptions at Jacaranda grounds.

Deputy President Dr. William Samoei Ruto should avoid being associated with the giving out of large sums of money to youth which is blamed for the eruption of violence.

Ruto-Raila blame game only fuels more animosity and violence.

The stone lobbying youth are the casualties in confrontations between political rivals. The IEBC is yet to announce the official commencement of campaigns but political temperatures are already highly flammable.

Perhaps it's time the law enforcement agencies clamped down more firmly on hate speech among politicians.

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