• President Ruto said he had also forgiven anyone who had wronged him during campaigns
President William Ruto has apologized to Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli over his utterances during the election campaigns.
Speaking in Kakamega on Thursday, the head of state said Atwoli had asked people of his home area to cut trees at the but that was now in the past.
President Ruto said he had also forgiven anyone who had wronged him during campaigns, calling on the Western region leaders to team up with him in working for the people of Kenya.
"Unajua mzee Atwoli alikuwa ameambia watu wakate miti na vile vile kuna mahali kama kijana nilimkosea heshima. Mzee nakuomba msamaha. Na ile mambo yote ilisemwa kama kuna mtu alinikosea nimemsamehe tuungane tufanye kazi pamoja," he said.
This loosely translates to,
"Atwoli had told people to cut down trees and as a young person, and as a young person I disrespected him. I am asking for forgiveness. All the things that were said then, and if there is anyone who wronged me I have forgiven. Let's work together."
During the August 9 General elections, Atwoli backed ODM leader Raila Odinga's candidature.
In addition to that, he strongly campaigned against President Ruto across the country.
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