Anthony Mwangi and DPPS @PeopleDailyKe
Deputy President William Ruto yesterday took on Opposition leader Raila Odinga, challenging him to approach his calls for unity and building bridges among Kenyans with honesty.
He said there was no need for Raila to claim he is ready to work with the government in uniting the country while on the other hand claiming Jubilee did not win last year’s General Election.
The DP’s statement was in response to Raila’s sentiments made in London two days earlier where he claimed he lost only one in the four elections he has been involved in. “I have participated in four elections out of which I have only lost once,” Raila told a gathering of Kenyans living in London.
But speaking at the St Francis Chaptarit Catholic Church, Mosoriot in Nandi county yesterday, DP Ruto said dishonest leaders were a threat to democracy and unity of the country.
“The biggest threat to our democracy, our progress, and stability are people who have questionable democratic credentials; dictators who participate in elections, and yet they do not accept the outcome of any election,” said Ruto adding; “Those are the people who threaten our democracy and our stability.”
“As leaders, we should be honest, exercise truth, and not propaganda; the integrity of our actions should guide us,” added the DP.
Ruto said there is, therefore, no need for someone to go round the country with propaganda that Jubilee did not win the last General Election and cited Jubilee development agenda in terms of roads, connection of electricity, improvement of education and health, among other projects.
He said Kenyans do not need the help of “other people” to make the Jubilee administration a “legitimate government.” He assured that Jubilee would continue to embrace leaders irrespective of political affiliations in uniting the country so long as they are sincere in their activities.
“Now that time for politics is over, leaders should put aside their political differences and forge a common development agenda for the sake of unity and development of the country,” said Ruto.
Present were Lands Cabinet secretary Farida Karoney, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang, Senator Kiprotich Cherargei (Nandi), MPs Wilson Kogo (Chesumei), John Waluke (Sirisia), Tecla Tum (Nandi), Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu), Cornelly Serem (Aldai) and Julius Melly (Tinderet). The leaders, at the same time, hailed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s stance that he does not support constitutional amendments.
Waluke told the Jubilee Party to be cautious while dealing with Raila, adding that his recent unity pact with the President should be treated with care.
“The issue of the recent handshake should be about the unity of Kenyans and matters of politics should not be entertained. We are glad that the President has spoken his mind about the referendum and that the matter should now be put to rest,” said the Sirisia MP.
Ichung’wa and Cherargei said the handshake lost meaning when some leaders used the opportunity to pursue their political interests at the expense of uniting the country.
“What is now clear is that the handshake has been used to push political agenda of some leaders. It’s now about the sharing of positions,” said Ichung’wa. The Kikuyu MP said the people of Central Kenya were firmly behind the President and Deputy President and come 2022 will vote for Ruto.
Governor Sang said Uhuru has made it clear that it was time to focus on development and issues of referendum “are not there”.