Kenyans angered as Ruto claims dead workers had been warned
03 December 2014, 14:23
Nairobi - Kenyans were outraged by sentiments by Deputy President William Ruto that the 336 quarry workers that died had been warned of an impending attack.
The 36 died early Tuesday after an attack by Al Shabaab militants that saw most of them shot in the head and others beheaded by the militia.
Ruto, in a talk show Wednesday morning, claimed that security agencies had warned the dead workers of the attack but that they had refused to heed their word and stayed.
" We lost 36 Kenyans. We had been informed and we told them but they did not listen. Now we know we should have forced them to move, he said of the killings.
The remarks though, drew widespread condemnation on social media and from Kenyans at large, disgusted that the DP could make such a statement.
" The statement was wrong in very many ways. He has just said that he knew about the attack and did nothing, then yesterday, the president says they knew about the attack in Wajir and prevented it. It sounds like lies to me, Eric Gueno a teacher said in Nairobi when interviewed by News24.
" It is all a fallacy. This government is full of them, Steve Kamau, a student quipped. Why are they lying to us and doing nothing to prevent the attacks?, he posed.
Others felt that the government was out of touch with reality.
" The government is just out of touch with reality and the on-goings of the real world that Kenyans live in, Josiah Ouko, a vendor said. They are just having fun wherever they are and we are dying, there is nothing more to say, he stated.
The reactions were the same on social media, with Twitter and Facebook abuzz over the comments.
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