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Ekuru Aukot: Ban Politicians from speaking vernacular in public

A respected lawyer and politician has suggested a law be put in place to bar national and elected leaders from speaking in vernacular in public.

Dr Ekuru Aukot made the suggestion on Twitter with his remarks generating mixed reactions.


If enforced, the ban will affect several politicians including President William Ruto and his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua.

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Gachagua in particular is known to retreat to speaking in his local dialect whenever he retreats to his Mount Kenya backyard.

Former president Uhuru Kenyatta was also known to frequently speak in vernacular in public.

Aukot, the Thirdway Alliance party leader, unsuccessfully contested for the presidency in 2017.

He finished a distant third in the particular race behind eventual winner Uhuru Kenyatta and second-placed Raila Odinga.

His attempt to contest again five years later did not bear fruit as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision (IEBC) announced he did not meet all the requirements to be cleared as a presidential candidate.

Aukot also played a vital role in the drafting of the 2010 constitution.

Tribal politics is rife in Kenya with politicians keen to lead the masses via tribal cocoons during the political season.

Tribal politics is also fingered by analysts as part of the reason for the 2007/2008 post-election violence in Kenya in which 1000 people lost their lives and hundreds of thousands were displaced.

Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) reacted to Aukot’s suggestion.