A group of elected and former Kalenjin leaders have called for unity to ensure the community speaks with one voice to smooth the way for Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential bid in 2022 poll.
Led by former ministers Henry Kosgey and Franklin Bett, the leaders cautioned against divisive politics even as the community engages in an open discussion within itself to enhance its socio-economic well-being.
Addressing the press in Nairobi yesterday, the two former powerful minister in the retired President Moi government said the community is keen to guard against anything that may jeopardize its unity.
Kosgey said the leaders have been caucusing on the community’s future but declined to divulge the details of the meetings, adding that it was too early to do so. “We do not have much to share now, this is the initial stage of our talks,” he said.
Bett stressed the need for dialogue to shape the future of the community. “As elder people in the Kalenjin land, we feel that we need to have a dialogue within ourselves for the betterment of our community and the country at large,” he said.
Other leaders who spoke included Cherangany MP Joshua Kuttuny and Kalenjin Council of Elders chairman Major (Rtd) John Seii.
Kuttuny said dialogue among the community’s leaders will iron out any differences that may undermine Ruto’s chances of succeeding President Uhuru Kenya in 2022. He said the initiative will bring on board all the elected leaders, former MPs, opinion leaders and the clergy.