Deputy President William Ruto has on Sunday told politicians to stop banking on endorsements on matters presidency and instead sell their agenda to Kenyans.
His remarks were in response to a statement by the ODM leader in the weekend dailies, where he categorically stated that he would not be endorsing any of his fellow National Super Alliance principals to vie for the Presidency in 2022.
In the dailies, Raila claimed that, by boycotting the Swearing-In ceremony, the other principals had betrayed him by abandoning him at the hour of need, and therefore did not deserve his endorsement.
Ruto said those seeking leadership positions should get in touch with Kenyans rather than waiting for endorsements.
He urged Kenyans to thoroughly evaluate the track record of individuals seeking leadership positions ahead of the next general election.
“Leaders should not wait to be handed power on a silver platter. It is the people who decide on matters of leadership,” he said.
“Leadership is not a situation where some few individuals can sit in a certain corner and decide for millions of Kenyans who will be their next president. That’s the work of voters,” he added.
The Deputy President made the remarks during Sunday service at Friends Church, Malava and Chevaywa in Lugari, Kakamega County.
Ruto while concluding on the matter said that he would seek endorsement from Kenyans.
Ruto at the same time urged his competitors to shun tribal politics and engage in issue-based politics aimed at uniting the country.
“We want to compete on the basis of one’s agenda, programmes and policies that will change Kenya, not on the basis of one’s tribe”, he said.
Speaking in the hustler movement, Ruto said that it is about economic empowerment and has nothing to do with criminal activities.
He faulted legislators pushing for the criminalization of the hustler narrative, saying the move was misguided.
Ruto said the wheelbarrow, as used by the Hustler brand, is a symbol of hard work by Kenyans to improve the quality of their lives.
He said those pushing the bill ‘are out of touch with reality on the ground’.
“There are those who are not used to working hard to earn a living,” said Ruto.
The Deputy President was accompanied by MPs Malulu Injendi (Malava), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Gladys Shollei (Women Rep, Uasin Gishu), Mithika Linturi (Meru), Aisha Jumwa (Malindi) and Charles Gimose (Hamisi).
The MPs told civil servants not to allow politicians to use them to influence politics in the country, saying they should always be impartial while discharging their duties.