Deputy President William Ruto has cautioned leaders against politicizing the ongoing reforms at the education sector.
Mr Ruto said leaders and Kenyans in general should support the reforms including transfer of teachers as a measure to streamlining the education sector.
The Deputy President said the transfer of principals across the country was part of the Government’s efforts to fighting tribalism in the learning institutions.
“I want to caution leaders against encouraging tribalism by resisting the transfers of the teachers,” said Mr Ruto.
Addressing mourners during the burial of Alice Wambui Gicharu, the mother of Simon Gicharu, the founder of Mt Kenya University, at her Komothai home in Kiambu County on Saturday, Mr Ruto said leaders should take the lead in preaching peace as well as promoting educational activities across the country.
Present were Cabinet Secretaries Charles Keter (Energy), Eugene Wamalwa (Water and Irrigation). Governor Ferdinand Waititu (Kiambu).
Others were MPs Jude Jomo (Kiambu Town), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu), Patrick Wainaina (Thika), Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo), Amos Kimunya (Kipipiri), Simon Kingara (Ruiru), Kimani Wamatangi (Kiambu), Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi), Gabriel Kago (Githunguri) and Kiambu deputy governor James Nyoro.
He said the Government would take stern action against leaders who interfere with transfer of the teachers.
“It is primitive on the part of leaders to pretend to prevent teachers from other places to take over schools in their areas. They will be arrested,” said Mr Ruto.
Mr Ruto, at the same time, said politics would not derail the work of the Government in implementing its agenda for Kenyans.
The Deputy President urged politicians to stop engaging in politics and instead join hands in nation building.
He advised political leaders to dedicate their energies to serving Kenyans, saying voters elected them to solve the problems facing them.
“Our focus as Jubilee is development and unity of all Kenyans. We have no time to waste in politics of who and who gets what position,” said Mr Ruto.
He asked Jubilee leaders to work together and avoid divisive politics so as to serve Kenyans effectively.
Mr Ruto said development could not be achieved through mere talks but by working together focusing on ways of alleviating the living standards of the people.
The Deputy President said the Government would use Shs 50bilion in the provision of water to Kiambu County residents in the next five years.
MPs Kago, Kuria, Ichungwa, Wamatangi, Kingara and Wainaina said they would rally behind the leadership of Mr Ruto for the top seat come 2022.
Mr Wamatangi told the Deputy President not to be dissuaded by some few individuals, whose focus was not on development, saying Mt Kenya region will back his presidential bid come 2022.
Governor Waititu said Mt Kenya region would play a greater role in ensuring Mr Ruto took over from President Kenyatta when his term comes to an end in 2022.
“I want to assure the Deputy President to continue serving Kenyans and ignore those engaging in rhetoric’s,” said Mr Waititu.
Mr Jomo and Mr Kuria said voters in Central Kenya would not be misled to support another candidate apart from Mr Ruto to take over from President Kenyatta.
“Issues of 2022 are over. We all know who will succeed President Kenyatta. It is none other than William Ruto and all the people of Central Kenya know this,” said Mr Jomo.
Kiambu County Assembly Speaker Stephen Ndichu said Mt Kenya would fully support Mr Ruto for the top seat when President Uhuru Kenyatta’s term comes to an end in 2022.
Mr Sakaja urged leaders to work together in addressing the challenges facing the people.
“Our leaders should know that our roles are never for our comforts of our own convenience but to serve the people,” said Mr Sakaja.
The Deputy President also read message of condolence from President Kenyatta who described the late Gicharu as brilliant and a strong woman with a prayerful heart.
“The late Mrs Gicharu was a strong woman of faith who was humble, diligent and had value for education as she touched lives of many people in the society,” said President Kenyatta.
Mr Ruto, meanwhile, has send message of condolence to the family, relatives and friends of the late Corporal Casmel Ndege, one of his security officers, who passed on this morning after he was involved in a road accident.