Deputy President William Ruto has asked Jubilee leaders to heed to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s call to end wrangling in the party.
He further told those in the Opposition to stop meddling with Jubilee affairs and instead focus on cleaning the mess in their own political outfits.
“Jubilee Party is one; we are united in transforming this country. Let us leave behind petty politics of division and ethnicity as advised by the President,” Ruto said of the Friday meeting at Sagana State Lodge by President Kenyatta and Mt Kenya leaders.
Ruto spoke on Saturday in Kipkelion West and Sigowet/Soin in Kericho County where he launched various development projects.
The Deputy President was accompanied by Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony, Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot, MPs Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu) and Gichimu Githinji (Gichugu).
Others were Japheth Mutai (Bureti), Kipsengeret Koros (Sigowet/Soin), Hillary Kosgey (Kipkelion West), Brighton Yegon (Konoin) and Joyce Korir (Woman Rep, Bomet).
The Deputy President said “we are not in Jubilee by luck but for a reason of making Kenya a better country”.
“That is where the President wants us to go. Fix our infrastructure, better our medical care for all, make the country food sufficient and ensure every child goes to school,” he said.
He told those torn between being in Jubilee and the Opposition to make up their mind.
“They should decide where they want to be. It cannot be both. They must plan for their own political destiny instead of being used to divide our party,” he observed.
Ruto reminded Kenyans that it is out of the formation of Jubilee that the country’s fashion of politics had shifted to that of issues, development track-record and ideologies.
That is why, he explained, we would work tooth and nail to ensure Kenya is not taken back to the outdated politics that is informed by violence and hate.
“That is the route I would like our competitors to take; we must all subscribe to democratic tenet where winners and losers take their positions and respect each other,” he noted.