Deputy President William Ruto has differed with Opposition chief Raila Odinga over his understanding of the ‘Hustler’ slogan.
Raila had appealed to the legislators to drop attempts to criminalize Ruto’s hustler versus dynasties narrative.
However, in a swift response the DP said he agreed with the former Prime Minister’s sentiments on freedom of speech but not his understanding of the ideology.
Instead Ruto promised to tirelessly work to ensure the narrative is positively understood.
“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 hustlers narrative positively understood,” Ruto said in a tweet.
In his letter, Raila said the ‘hustlers vs dynasties’ narrative is dangerous and likened it to Adolf Hitler’s National Socialism, Nazism, which ruled Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945.
“Nazism profiled German society on the lines of race, social classes and tribe. It had the Aryan race, which it 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.
“I fear the ‘hustlers vs dynasties’ narrative will have the same deadly consequences for Kenya as Nazism did for Germany,” wrote Odinga.
“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. I have faith that Kenyans will see through this divisive and potentially deadly rhetoric and its attacks on fellow Kenyans, and reject it in the end,” said Raila.