Deputy President William Ruto has urged Kenyans to resist attempts by some leaders to take the country back to what he terms old ways of doing politics.
DP Ruto has revisited the talk about the so-called “Deep State” and “The System,” telling his supporters not to bow to intimidation and coercion in their backing for his 2022 presidential bid.
Ruto has maintained that it is Kenyans who will decide who their next President will be in.
He said Kenya was a maturing democracy whose people can freely make their voting decisions.
“Do not bow down to intimidation and coercion. The so-called Deep State and System is hot air; it is a cocktail of criminals,” he said.
Ruto spoke yesterday while addressing a massive gathering in Kitengela town after attending Sunday services at the Free Pentecostal Baraka Church and Kitengela Methodist Church in Kajiado County. He was accompanied by more than 20 Members of Parliament.
Ruto urged the country to resist attempts by some leaders to take Kenya back to the old ways of doing politics.
“We are past the politics of ethnicity and hate. Ours is development-leaning politics that will transform our country,” he added.
He insisted that Kenya was not ripe for a referendum, arguing that people were struggling to make ends meet.
“Coronavirus has resulted to a lot of suffering as the economy is ailing. What is important now is to focus on alleviating the sticky challenges of poverty and unemployment.”
Legislators who accompanied Ruto were George Sunkuyia (Kajiado West), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Gitonga Murugara (Tharaka), Victor Munyaka (Machakos), George Theuri (Embakasi West), Vincent Musyoka (Mwala), Rahab Mukami (Woman Rep, Nyeri), Nimrod Mbai (Kitui East), Alice Wahome (Kandara), Kubai Iringo (Igembe Central), Mathias Robi (Kuria West), Rindikiri Mugambi (Buuri) and Patrick Munene (Chuka/Igembe Ngombe).
Others were Taita Taveta Women Rep Lydia Haika and her Tharaka Nithi colleague Beatrice Nkatha and MPs Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu), John Mutunga (Tigania West), George Kariuki (Ndia), James Gakuya (Embakasi North), Nixon Korir (Lang’ata) and Jayne Kihara (Naivasha).
Ruto asked leaders to work together in a bid to address the challenges facing the country. Wahome said the only system recognized in Kenya was the one that was anchored in the law.
“The use of the police to push for a certain line of political thought is past time. We will not be shaken by that,” she said.
Gachagua said Kenyans would not allow a few politicians to decide for them who becomes president.
On their part, Ichung’wa and Seneta said the debate to change the Constitution was not a priority.
What was key, and requires the country’s attention, they said, was the revival of the economy post-coronavirus.
On Saturday, the Deputy President urged leaders to focus more on pressing issues affecting Kenyans instead of pursuing their own interests.
He said the current debate should be about priority issues affecting Kenyans other than those beneficial to leaders
Addressing members of the African Church of the Holy Spirit at his Sugoi home, in Uasin Gishu County, Ruto said debate, discussions and conversations now should be about how to address challenges facing majority of Kenyans.
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