Deputy President William Ruto has cried foul over the cancellation of a series of his public meetings.
On Sunday, DP Ruto had to cut short his intended visit to Kakamega County after receiving notification that police had barred him from attending a church event.
Instead, Ruto made an impromptu visit to an African Inland Church in Machakos County where he “on behalf of the government” sought forgiveness over the recent chaos in Murang’a, Kakamega and Nyamira counties.
“I’m sorry I have come here unannounced and I know the Clergy would have wanted a notice. I had planned to worship in Kakamega but we received a police notice saying it cannot happen and because I would not have wanted to go there and cause problems, I decided to plan for another day and instead came here,” Ruto told the congregation.
The DP apologised to the Church for the chaos in Murang’a that were witnessed last Sunday leading to the loss of two lives after youths clashed over his visit.
He said such incidents should not occur in our country.
“As a Christian, I want to ask for forgiveness on behalf of the Government because of what happened in Muranga, Nyamira, Kakamega, to stop us from worshipping. Those disrespecting the word of God should stop,” he said.
Ruto also supported President Uhuru Kenyatta’s sentiment that Kenyans should forgive one another because to “err is human.”
He said Kenyans want a country that people can work in peacefully without ethnic divisions.
“Let us walk the path of forgiveness and that is why I take this opportunity to say; for all those I have wronged I ask for your forgiveness, to those I have said annoying things I also ask for forgiveness so that we can soar,” he said.
On Thursday, October 8, Ruto was forced to cancel a planned visit to Nyamira County after hours of confrontation between police and his supporters at Kebirigo Primary School.
He has been the main casualty of new government regulations released last week geared at taming hate mongers.