Deputy President William Ruto has called out leaders to stop creating alliances based on tribes.
The DP said that such formations are not helpful as they can’t solve Kenyan’s problems.
Speaking on Sunday at the AIC Bomani in Machakos Town, Ruto urged leaders to instead embrace a people-centered and issue-guided political agenda.
“The citizens of Kenya want leaders to work in togetherness and address their challenges, especially now when Covid-19 pandemic is destroying lives,” Ruto said.
According to Ruto, the era of politicians uniting to form tribal political outfits was long gone.
“The problem that a lot of Kenyans are facing today is not tribalism but poverty.That is why we are re-engineering our economic model to put more emphasis on the lower end of the wealth pyramid,” he explained.
DP Ruto was accompanied by Machakos Senator Agnes Muthama, Machakos Woman Rep. Joyce Kamene, Mwala MP Vincent Musyoka, Kitui East MP Nimrod Mbai, Mbeere South MP Geoffrey King’ang’i, and Narok Woman Rep. Soipan Tuya.
Ruto also asked politicians forming coalitions to compete with him to be ready for a tough race ahead.
“We are going to challenge each other on the basis of issues and development track record,” he noted.
Mwala MP Vincent Musyoka, who was also in the company of the DP, said Machakos would support Ruto because of his political ideologies.
“The bottom-up approach that is being pushed by the DP will empower ordinary Kenyans. That is how we will get out of poverty as a nation,” Musyoka said.
On Saturday, Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga stated that a mega political machine is in the works.
Raila laughed off Ruto’s bottom-up, people-first economic approach, claiming that it belongs in the trash of history.
The ODM party leader said the formation, which he said will transform into a “tsunami”, will sweep the country in the 2022 general election.
“There is a wind coming . It is heavy. It will turn into a tsunami. That is why I want to let our people know that we know where we are going,” Raila stated.