Stop factional warfare, Ruto tells Tanga Tanga, Kieleweke

Monday, December 16th, 2019 00:00 |
Deputy President William Ruto, Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi (second left) and Kitutu Masaba MP Shadrack Mose (third right) join musicians in a dance during a fund raising at Kisii Boys High School yesterday. The funds will go towards construction for recording a studio. Photo/PD/Robert Ochoro

Deputy President William Ruto has asked Jubilee Party members to stop what he called unwarranted factional fights.

 He claimed some people were out to create division in the party by spreading propaganda using the media.

 Speaking at Kisii Boys High  School yesterday during a funds drive for local artistes, Ruto said the party would not allow politicians who believe in tribal parties to divide it. 

He said those engaging in archaic politics were wasting their time.

 “Jubilee, under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta will not allow the country to go back to the era of politics of hate, tribalism and division,” he said.

 Jubilee is split between the Tanga Tanga faction, which is allied to Ruto, and  Kieleweke, which associates itself with President Uhuru Kenyatta. 

 Ruto said the motive of those who he accused of plotting to break the party was to ensure the government failed to deliver on its election pledges to Kenyans.

Wasting time

 “The rest of us will continue to forge the unity of the nation, progress and transformation of Kenya as we move forward as a party,” he said.

 The Deputy President said he and the President had agreed in 2012 to end politics based on ethnicity and hatred.

He said those engaging in archaic politics were wasting their time.

 The Deputy President urged Kenyans to shun tribal politics characterised by personality cults. 

 He said the country’s politics should be built around parties with national outlook and guided by progressive programmes.

 “That is how we are going to speak about pro-people issues and avoid ethnicity and personality cults,” he said.

 Ruto also attended a prayer service in Kericho county. During the Kisii and Kericho tour, he was accompanied by Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony, Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi, MPs Shadrack Mose (Kitutu Masaba), Vincent Kemosi (West Mugirango), Nelson Koech (Belgut), Alpha Miruka (Bomachoge Chache) and Sylvanus Maritim (Ainamoi).

 The leaders called for speedy implementation of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.

 They said the report should be implemented quickly to ensure the government focuses on Uhuru’s legacy projects. 

 “We need to finish the implementation of BBI by March so that we can ensure Big Four is successfully achieved,” said Mose.

 Kemosi said they would support the implementation of the BBI report, whichever route the BBI taskforce recommends.

 “We have read the BBI report; we will support its implementation whether through county assemblies, Parliament or a referendum,” he said.

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