Ruto asks his competitors to engage in agenda-based competition

Leaders including Deputy President William Ruto have asked different ethnic communities living in Rift Valley to continue embracing peace.

The leaders regretted that some politicians and senior civil servants are keen to inciting communities in the region to engage in violence so as to achieve their selfish ends.

The leaders included MPs Susan Kihika (Nakuru County), Charity Kathambi (Njoro), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Liza Chelule (Nakuru County), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati) and Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu).

Others were Rindikiri Mugambi (Buuri), Johana Ngeno (Emurua Dikirr), Gathoni Wamuchomba (Kiambu), Kindiki Kithure (Tharaka Nithi), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), John Waluke (Sirisia), Aron Cheruiyot (Kericho), Nelson Koech (Belgut), David Gikaria (Nakuru East) and Christopher Langat (Bomet).

They said their competitors had resorted to inciting residents of Rift Valley, in the hope that they will turn them against Dr Ruto.

Speaking in Njoro, the leaders expressed confidence that the region will remain peaceful, saying they were only interested in politics of unity and development.

Mr Ngunjiri urged politicians not to play the tribal card when campaigning saying the move isolates other communities in the region.

“We do not want anyone to incite us into violence. We want to live peacefully with every community in the region,” said Mr Ngunjiri.

Ms Kihaka urged Nakuru County residents to stick to the peace agreement that was reached after President Uhuru Kenyatta and Dr Ruto came together to end tribal politics.

Mr Ichungwa said it was unbelievable that civil servants in the office of the President and the Ministry of Interior were the ones colluding with local politicians to incite residents against each other.

He said it was annoying to learn that the Ministry of Interior has deliberately denied Njoro constituency police officers and police cars to ensure insecurity prevails in the area.

“They are inciting communities living in Rift Valley to poison them against Dr Ruto,” said Mr Ichungwa.

Mr Murkomen and Mr Gachagua urged Nakuru County residents not to allow selfish politicians interfere with their harmonious relations.

“Do not accept to be divided by leaders banking on incitement and division. Continue being role models of peace and unity for the rest of the country,” said Mr Murkomen.

Mr Gachagua urged local leaders not to accept to be used by external forces to destabilise the region for political reasons.

Ms Wamuchomba said communities living in Rift Valley will not fall prey to evil schemes orchestrated to divide them along tribal lanes and incite them into violence.

“Those coming here to incite wananchi into violence and promote tribalism should know we are peaceful people working together to form an all-inclusive government,” she said.

Mr Ngeno called on politicians to campaign responsibly and ensure the country holds peaceful elections.

Mr  Kindiki said threats and intimidations meted against leaders opposing Mr Raila Odinga will not help him ascend to power.

“They are using police, DCI and KRA to intimidate people to vote for Raila. It will not work and the fact remains that we will not vote for him,” said Mr Kindiki.

The Deputy President on his part said the era of politicians using violence to advance their political agenda was long gone.

“As Kenyans, we resolved that political differences will never be used to divide us or incite us to engage in violence,” said Dr Ruto.

He went on: “There are people who have run out of ideas and believe they can use violence to revive their political careers. Kenyans are more enlightened than before.”

The Deputy President assured Kenyans that elections will be held peacefully.

He asked his competitors to engage in agenda-based competition, noting that it was the only way the country would move forward.

Dr Ruto said the hustler movement has come up with the bottom-up economic model that aims to transform the lives of ordinary citizens.

“The Government has been investing in big companies hoping the trickle-down economy will work. It has failed. It’s time we changed the economic model,” he said.

Dr Ruto urged Kenyans to elect leaders with solid development track records and transformative agenda for the country.



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