Ruto urges leaders to realign their agenda

Monday, December 21st, 2020 00:00 |
Deputy President William Ruto with Governors Moses Lenolkulal (Samburu) and Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu) and Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah during the annual Samburu Cultural Festival in Poro, Samburu county. Photo/DPPS

Deputy President William Ruto has called on political leaders to focus on addressing challenges facing Kenyans.

Ruto said it was  imprudent for them to pursue their political interests at a time the country is undergoing serious health and economic problems.

“Let us agree to work together to put in place the right measures that prioritise needs of the people and thereafter deal with other political issues,” he said.

Speaking in Samburu during a prayer service at Maralal Catholic Church yesterday, Ruto asked Kenyans to observe Covid-19 guidelines.  

The DP also attended a Samburu annual festival known as Poro. He  said politicians should not use the opportunity to amend the Constitution to advance their personal interests. 

“As leaders, let us know that the most important thing is not that which benefits us as leaders but that which benefits all Kenyans.” 

The Deputy President urged the BBI secretariat to provide Kenyans with copies of the proposed amendments to ensure the public makes informed decisions. 

He said: “Someone should not tell you to vote No or Yes, you must know why you are settling on that particular option.”

At the same time, Dr Ruto urged leaders to stop using negative ethnicity to advance their political careers.

Instead, he asked them to sell their agenda and ideas to the people.  He said political competition should be based on ideology.

He further warned of a section of leaders who had resorted to ethnic mobilisation because they do not have an agenda to sell to the people.  

Present were governors Moses Lenolkulal (Samburu) and Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), MPs Steve Lelegwe (Samburu), Alois Musa Lentoimaga (Samburu North), Jackson Lekumontare (Samburu East) and  Kimani Ichungw’a (Kikuyu). 

Ichungwa asked Kenyans to shun divisive tribal politics and instead focus on activities that would better their lives. 

He said: “We want to create a nation of hustlers devoid of negative ethnicity and tribalism who embrace their cultures.” -DPPS

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