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DP Ruto responds to Raila’s statement over hustler narrative

Deputy President William Ruto yesterday responded to, differing with an earlier statement by the Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga over the Hustler slogan.

While upholding his remarks on freedom of speech and expression, the Second in command came clean stating that Odinga misunderstood the hustler meaning.

“While agreeing fully with your defense of freedom of speech and thought as guaranteed by the constitution, we respectfully disagree with your very wrong understanding of hustlers but will equally defend your thoughts.

“We will work tirelessly to get the narrative positively understood,” Ruto stated.

This is after the former Premier had defended the DP over his hustler slogan, on account of freedom of expression as enshrined in the Kenyan constitution.

Odinga had discouraged the parliamentarians from proceeding with their plan after a bill had been drafted, targeting the DP and his allies who fuel the class narrative, with a hefty penalty of 5million attached to it, or face a five-year jail term.

“I would strongly appeal to members of parliament to drop any attempts to legislate against this otherwise deadly slogan.

“As a country, we fought for and should respect free speech and association. We should be able to allow the Deputy President and his team to continue with their chosen slogan without any inhibitions. Those of us who see its dangers should continue educating our people against falling for it,” noted Raila.

The former premier also castigated the deadly slogan, likening it to the Hitler era, which led to the holocaust in Germany in the 1930s.

“Nazism profiled German society on the lines of race, social classes, and tribe. It had the Aryan race, which was considered the master race, and whose survival Hitler pegged on the elimination of Jews, Romanis or Gypsies, the Indo-Aryan, the Slavs, and the “inferior sub-humans” who were seen to be the problem in Germany.

“These ideologies caused a great deal of trauma to Germany and the world. They ended in the Holocaust,” Raila warned.

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