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CORD leaders criticize abusive Ruto

25 February 2016, 16:43 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - CORD leaders have criticized DP William Ruto's abusive language in the ongoing Malindi by election campaigns.

Ruto has been campaigning at the Coast for Philip Charo of the Jubilee Party ahead of the March 7 polls but according to CORD leaders he has been using abusive language against opposition leaders.

They have asked that the DP reduce his language and prepare to campaign on an equal footing as others.

" Deputy President Mr William Ruto was in Malindi for two days to drum up support for the Jubilee candidate for Malindi by-elections Mr Philip Charo. We congratulate our people for the courtesy they extended to it and the general peace and decorum that has characterized the campaign so far.

" We however note with utmost concern the uncivil conduct, characterized with very personalized attacks on the leaders and people of this region thus making a campaign that has so far borne the respect and decorum that residents of the Coast acquire and a dangerous and demeaning dimension.

" We therefore wish to remind Mr Ruto that here in the Coast, we are different. Communities of this region value courtesy, respect for elders, strong sense of family, enduring moral values and upholding of the dignity of fellow human beings.

" These values we hold dear. We will strongly resist whoever tries to degrade or abandon them for whatever reason, including political campaigns. The Jubilee leadership including Ruto, Aden Duale and Mike Sonko who camped in this area went all out to insult and degrade these timeless values of our people here, in search for votes. The people here are not taking this kindly.

" We wish to alert Malindi voters that Ruto and his brand of politics is bad for our people. We must reject him and all his local agents. Ruto and his politics is too divisive for our people who thrive in strong sense of community and family.

" Ruto is too abrasive and abusive for the known decency, humility, politeness and welcoming people of the Coast. We must reject him and his brand of what passes for leadership.

The statement was signed by Ali Hassan Joho Governor Mombasa and Amason Jaffer Kingi Governor, Kilifi County.

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