Deputy President William Ruto has warned leaders against using divisive tribal politics ahead of the 2022 general elections.
Speaking to Rift valley leaders, he said that those eyeing political seats in the region should fuel ethnic tensions. The deputy president attended the burial Huruma ward rep Peter Chomba in Eldoret. Speaking at the burial, he noted that no particular tribe owns any region in Kenya.
“In this region, we believe in democracy and peaceful co-existence. There is nothing like us versus them,” DP Ruto said.
He also urged learders in the region to tone down on high-octane politics.
“We have buried the politics based on hatred. Uasin Gishu is for everyone; you can do business, buy land, seek a political seat and educate your children here. When we go to elections, we choose leaders, not tribes,” Ruto said.
Allies of the Deputy President reiterated on the importance of peace ahead of the 2022 general elections.
“We cannot have a situation where when there are elections, certain tribes have to travel to their home counties fearing that they will be attacked. We have to say no to this culture,” Oscar Sudi, the Kapseret MP said.
A section of leaders in the Rift valley region have alleged that the deputy president has resorted to intimidation tactics.
Mr Joshua Kutuny said that Ruto and his allies realized that the ground has shifted. Therefore, they are using dirty politics of mudslinging their opponents.
“The DP has realized that the community is not with him and some of us who have been against their theatrics are being heard… they have now started inciting people against us,” Mr. Kutuny said.
“Instead of building bridges, he has been destroying them. We are now focused on wresting the region from the DP because he has failed the community,” he added.
There are allegations that some DP allies are inciting youths against those who are not supporting him.