Shun tribal parties, Ruto urges Kenyans
Deputy President William Ruto has said tribal parties should not be given a chance in Kenya’s political space.
He termed them the biggest impediments of Kenya’s development as they further hate, division and ethnicity.
Ruto said it was impossible to unite the country if “everybody has his political party from his corner, from his community, from region”.
He spoke yesterday at his Karen residence in Nairobi when he met more than 3,000 members of Wamama na Hustler, a group that has undertaken to promote the bottom-up economic model across the country.
The DP said any leader seeking the country’s leadership must be driven by the hunger to unite and transform the lives of the people.
“We want to ensure that every Kenyan affords a meal; everybody have a decent source of income. That way, we will be moving forward together,” he added.
Leaders present included Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, MPs Jayne Kihara (Naivasha), Millicent Omanga (Nominated), Isaac Mwaura (Nominated), Patrick Wainaina (Thika Town), Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu) and George Theuri (Embakasi West).
Nixon Korir (Lang’ata), Benjamin Gathiru (Embakasi Central), James Gakuya (Embakasi North) and Simon Mbugua (EALA), Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi and former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru were also present.
Ichung’wa said Ruto’s competitors were confused and lacked any agenda for the country.
Korir said UDA as a national party was keen on uniting all Kenyans, their backgrounds notwithstanding.
Waiguru said the support shown to Ruto when he toured Kirinyaga on Sunday was a carbon-copy of all Mt Kenya counties.
Wanjiru trashed the Sh6,000 monthly stipend proposed by ODM leader Raila Odinga saying Nairobians were after jobs and not handouts.