Deputy President William Ruto has asked leaders from Western Kenya to be courageous and avoid engaging in ethnic based political parties, which derail development and national cohesion.
Mr. Ruto said time was ripe for leaders from the region to engage in politics of development.
“We must be courageous to unite the people of Kenya so as to attain accelerated development and achieve cohesion in our country,” said Mr. Ruto.
“It is not viable and serves no purpose for the region to have seven political parties based on ethnic ideologies,” he added.
Speaking at the Kitale stadium on Sunday, the Deputy President urged leaders and residents in Western region to join hands with Jubilee like-minded parties to come up with a formidable force that could unite all Kenyans.
“It is time we think of our politics beyond our communities. The unity of the people of Kenya is what is driving us,” said Mr. Ruto.
The Deputy President told leaders allied to the Jubilee administration to follow suit by supporting efforts to come up with a political party with a national outlook.
Water and irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, MPs Robert Pukose (Endebes), Johnson Sakaja (nominated), Reginalda Wanyonyi (Bungoma), Henry Ndiema (Trans Nzoia), Wesley Korir (Cherangany) and Governors Ken Lusaka (Bungoma) and Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia) attended the meeting.
The leaders said they would work with the Government for the sake of development of the region.
Mr. Sakaja said residents in Western were ready to merge their parties with the Jubilee ones in preparation for the next general election.
Governor Lusaka said the Luhya community will not be left in the cold and will ensure they will be in Government after the 2017 election.
“As people from Luhya community, we will not be left behind. We will join other Jubilee-like minded parties to come up with a strong party that can accommodate all Kenyans,” said Mr. Lusaka.
Mr. Wamalwa told off leaders engaging in tribal politics saying they had no place in the current politics.
Earlier while addressing wananchi during an interdenominational service held at the home of Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi in Uasin-Gishu County, the Deputy President told off leaders opposing the Jubilee merger.
He termed such leaders as proponents of tribalism.
Mr. Ruto said leaders should lead from the front in uniting all the Kenyan communities instead of engaging in activities aimed at dividing the country on political and ethnic affiliations.
“Our move to bring all our affiliate parties together is an alternative way of saying no to tribalism. Leaders should be at the forefront in uniting Kenyans,” said Mr. Ruto.
The Deputy President said nothing would stop the Jubilee administration from achieving its goals of attaining a united country free from tribalism.
“We are ready to move on and bring all Kenyans together. Those who are opposed to our resolve to merge all the Jubilee parties are proponents of tribalism,” said Mr. Ruto.
The Deputy President urged leaders to preach peace and togetherness for the sake of the country’ unity.
The Deputy President urged Kenyans to live peacefully with one another regardless of their ethnic, religious and political affiliations.
Mr. Ruto urged Kenyans to maintain peace and love each other to lay a strong foundation for a prosperous nation.
He stressed that citizens from all parts of the country must maintain good relations to secure peace and unity among all Kenyan communities.
The Deputy President opened various churches in the constituency among them St. Paul’s Catholic Church, African Inland church (AIC) Mosombor and AIC Lemook.