Deputy President William Ruto has cautioned leaders against dividing Kenyans along ethnic lines.
He said it was unfortunate that some leaders were balkanising the country on ethnic and political grounds to meet their selfish ends.
Dr Ruto noted that Kenyans were free to live, work and own property in any part of the country without any fear.
“Every Kenyan is at home in any part of the country irrespective of their religious, political or ethnic backgrounds,” he said.
Speaking at Sironga Grounds, West Mugirango Constituency in Nyamira County during a youth’s empowerment programme, on Thursday, Dr Ruto said tribal politics have no room in the 21st Century.
‘When you hear leaders talking about our place, their place, ours or theirs, you must know that those are tribalists. The era of such politics are gone,” said Dr Ruto.
Present were MPs Silvanus Osoro (South Mugirango) Joash Nyamoko (North Mugirango), Vincent Kemosi (West Mugirango), Millicent Omanga (nominated), Shadrack Mose (Kitutu Masaba), Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira) and Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi.
Dr Ruto asked youths to guard against being misused by some leaders to engage in violence.
He said the youth should support leaders who direct them towards development-oriented activities.
“Tell those who want to misuse you to engage in violence to allow their children and wives to take the lead on such matters but not you,” Dr Ruto told the youth.
He said leaders should explore opportunities for the youth to make them busy and productive at all times.
The Deputy President exonerated police officers from blame as far as disruption of empowerment meetings were concerned, saying those who were giving orders were the ones responsible for such activities.
“Majority of our police officers have no problem at all. They also hustle like the rest of Kenyans. They understand the challenges facing our people,” said Dr Ruto.
The Deputy President said the major problem in the country was that more focus was being directed at efforts to create positions for some few individuals at the expense of economic empowerment majority of Kenyans.
“Our focus as a country should be about empowering the lives of the majority of Kenyans and not to look for political positions,” said Dr Ruto.
The MPs said no amount of intimidation would stop them from supporting the ongoing empowerment initiatives being spearheaded by the Deputy President.