He told Kenyans to take their time when deciding their next President and not fall for populist promises that look appealing.
“I want to urge you to think and don’t be in a hurry, don’t rush. Better you are accused of being slow, but you reach safely at your destination,” he said.
According to Uhuru, the 2022 race requires experience.
“Don’t be in a hurry to be President, be calm you will get there. Don’t be alone ranger to the point of blaming everyone yet you don’t want to work with them,” the President said in apparent reference to his deputy.
“If you become President through life and death, be sure you will never have peace in your leadership and the country will have problems.”
Ruto has been severally accused of engaging in early campaigns alongside a cabal of elected leaders who together they have been crisscrossing the country popularising the hustler narrative as well disparaging the Head of State.
But yesterday, the tough talking President said Kenyans should not be surprised that those who started early campaigns are overtaken by those who were initially regarded as non-starters.
Recent opinion polls have shown that Ruto remains ahead of his competitors in the 2022 political contest.
In what signalled a man keen on taking firm charge of his succession race, Uhuru announced he will personally hit the ground in campaigns to ensure the country is in safe hands.
“I have nothing to hide; there are no votes I am looking for. All I am looking for is peace and unity for all Kenyans and that is what will help us to ensure all our problems, especially unemployment, is addressed,” the President said.
“It is not yet time for politics but we will come to do politics when that time comes.”
All major politics in the country’s history, he said, always start in Nakuru.
Uhuru spoke in Nakuru during the conferment of Nakuru Municipality city status making it the fourth city after Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu cities.
The ceremony was attended by Raila, Council of Governors chairman and Embu governor Martin Wambora, Nakuru governor Lee Kinyanjui as well as governors Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu), Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua), James Ongwae (Kisii), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni) and Nakuru West MP Samuel Arama.