The Kenya Kwanza Alliance presidential candidate William Ruto has once again come under fire from Kenyans after making disparaging remarks targeting Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu.
The Deputy President was on a campaign tour in Kitui County when he made those remarks that painted him in the light of a misogynist.
Ruto, while addressing members of Kitui digressed and asked the whereabouts of Ngilu before questioning her eligibility for marriage.
“And that woman, where did she go,” Ruto inquired and got the response from a section of the crowd that she had gone to Bondo, which is Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s home.
The DP further probed why the woman in question went to Bondo.
“How did she go to Bondo? Did you deny her your votes?” Ruto asked.
Another member of the crowd shouted the woman had been married in Bondo.
In a quick rejoinder, Ruto asked who would marry her at such an old age.
“Can such an old woman get married? Who will marry her?,” Ruto posed.
Dear, @WilliamsRuto. It's not the wish of Mama Charity Ngilu that she's a widow. Mama Charity Ngilu isn't your opponent. If this is how highly you view the women of Kenya, then we'd love to see how you address your wife in front of your children. pic.twitter.com/h9ttSZIjRQ— Gabriel Oguda (@gabrieloguda) July 19, 2022
Ruto’s remarks elicited mixed reactions from Kenyans with some of them expressing their disappointment in him as they underscored his dislike and disrespect for women, while some blatantly tried to even the scores.
You people are very idiotic! That woman has been insulting William Ruto all along. Ruto has kept his cool. Today, he decided to respond, and you're all over playing moral. Wajinga nyinyi— Bianca™ (@BiancaWamu) July 19, 2022
When mama ngilu questions about his mismanagement and corrupt dealings and land grabbing she doesn’t talk about what happens in room 350— ???????????????????? (@OmuyaSilas) July 19, 2022
When she is abusing @WilliamsRuto, she is a iron lady.— Micah Mutinda (@MicahMutinda_) July 19, 2022
When she is given a taste of her own medicine, she becomes a widow.
This man will be a DICTATOR I say this all the time , I’ve never met him but my instincts don’t lie— itsJ (@xpectations123) July 19, 2022
The bible that he claims to know so well is very categorical when it comes to widows and orphans. You insult a widow, you are cursed. Be very careful when you are talking about widows and orphans!— Sam Jonyo (@jonyo_sam) July 19, 2022
???????????? just see how desperate you are. @mamangilu amechafua jina ya William left right and centre lakini akiguswa kidogo na hata si na Ulliam, watu wake wa Kitui mnacheza gender card???????????? mtazimia tu— Kutalang'i (@malcolmwabwile) July 19, 2022