DP Ruto warns leaders against incitement

Deputy President William Ruto has asked leaders to stop using remarks that can incite members of the public against each other.

Speaking on Sunday during an interdenominational service in Kilifi County where he was accompanied by more than 14 MPs, Ruto said the role of leaders should be to cement relations rather than breeding divisions in the society.

He said time had come for leaders to focus on solutions rather than being part of the problems facing the country.

“As leaders, we have a right to speak about the issues affecting the people because our primary duty is serving them. But we must always talk with each other with decorum and respect as we seek best solutions to issues,” he said.

The Deputy President noted that he would intensify his efforts in ensuring that Kenya is transformed.

“We are not going to leave this any part of this country behind. We will ensure Kenyans have better roads and well-equipped healthcare facilities. We will also support education institutions to boost enrollment and expand power connections to households,” he said.

Leaders accompanying the Deputy President said he was best fit to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta based on his hunger for a better Kenya.

They included MPs Suleiman Dori (Msambweni), Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Ali Mbogo (Kisauni), Owen Baya (Kilifi North), Shariff Ali Athman (Lamu East), Badi Twalib (Jomvu), Kassim Ali Sawa (Matuga), Jones Mlolwa (Voi), Said Buya Hiribae (Galole), Benjamin Tayari (Kinango) and Paul Katana (Kaloleni).

Others were Kilifi Woman Representative Gertrude Mbeyu, Senators Anwar Loitiptip (Lamu) and Christine Zawadi (Kilifi, Nominated).

The Coast region leaders observed that by rallying behind  Ruto, they were laundering Kenya’s political fabric from that of ethnicity to an inclusive one.

“Our problems have been as a result of the kind of (old) politics that we have been playing. But when you see us with the Deputy President, be in the know that this is the new route that we are taking for a better future of our children,” said Jumwa.

The Malindi Legislator said the visits by the DP in the region was a result of the many challenges “we are undergoing”.

Her statement was supported by Dori, who called on the people of the Coast region to stop the usual cries that they were forgotten and marginalised.

“This time around, if we get marginalised, then it will be because of our own mistake,” he noted.

The leaders wondered why some politicians were keen at criticising Ruto’s tours of the country, observing that they would not bow down to threats of not associating with him.

Mlolwa said: “The handshake between r Kenyatta and Raila Odinga gave us a nod to work with the Jubilee Government. So, who said that we cannot be with Ruto and support him? We are with the Deputy President because Baba ( Odinga) said so; we will not stop this journey because what we want is a better Kenya.”

The Jomvu MP said never again would the Coast region back the opposition.

“We will be in the government in 2022 led by  Ruto,” he said.


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