My only debt is to help Uhuru unite Kenyans, says DP Ruto

Monday, February 1st, 2021 00:00 |
Deputy President William Ruto arrives at Ntulele Primary school in Trans Mara for a church empowerment programme. Photo/DPPs


Deputy President  (DP) William Ruto has said no one has his political debt.

He said the only debt he has is that of helping President Uhuru Kenyatta unite and transform Kenya.

“I supported President Kenyatta in 2013 and 2017 without conditions.

The Head of State should not be pushed to backing my 2022 candidature,” he said.

Ruto spoke yesterday in Trans Mara, Narok County, during a prayer service.

He was accompanied by Bomet Governor Hillary Barchok, Narok Deputy Governor Evalyn Aruasa, David Sankok (nominated), Gabriel Tongoyo (Narok West), Lemanken Aramat (Narok East), Soipan Tuya (Narok), Johanna Ng’eno (Emurrua Dikirr), Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Gideon Koskei (Chepalungu), Florence Jematia (EALA) and Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira).

Politics of tribe

Ruto spoke a day after President  Uhuru told Mt Kenya leaders in Sagana that he owed no individual a political debt, instead he said he is indebted to Kenyans.

Uhuru dismissed claims that he had reneged on his promise to Ruto when he supported him for two consecutive elections, instead saying:  “Many say that we had an agreement with my deputy over my support to him.

I want to state that I negotiated with the Kalenjin community and Kikuyu elders as well, for us to join forces, so no one should blame me over anything.”

He said Mt Kenya residents will negotiate with all tribes over who to support when his term is almost over incase the community has no presidential candidate come 2022.

“I want to say we will convene a similar meeting like this to chart our way forward on who to support, we cannot allow our community to be auctioned,” Uhuru said. 

The DP said he would not allow Kenya to be taken back to ethnic-based politics that is not only risky but dangerous to the social fabric of the country.

“I decline the invitation to politics of tribe. We are one country and need to move forward together, our backgrounds notwithstanding,” he said.

He asked leaders to stop being disturbed by the so-called politics of debt.

Ruto argued that he was engaging in politics not because of the alleged debts but because of his vision to empower ordinary Kenyans.

“Let us unite and work together to better the lives of millions of Kenyans struggling at the base of the wealth pyramid.”he said

He said gone were the days when leaders would look for positions through back-door.

“Let us sell our ideas and policies to the people. That is the only way that they can rally behind us,” he added.

Politics of tribe

This is the second time that the DP insists that no one owes him politically.

In June 2019 in Nyandarua county,  Ruto said that no community in Kenya owed him anything.

Then, he said the debt leaders had was to serve Kenyans.

“The only obligation that we have is to fulfil the promises we made to the people; that of transforming their lives,” he noted.

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