, NAROK, Kenya, Feb 19 – Deputy President William Ruto on Friday said he will not allow people of Rift Valley to be divided by some leaders with selfish interests.
Ruto said the main aim of those championing rejection of the Jubilee Party was to take the people of the region to the Opposition.
He said as the highest ranking political leader in the region he will not allow individuals without any agenda or plan to mislead the people.
The crowd responded in affirmation that they will not accept to be taken to the Opposition when asked by Ruto.
“Those opposing the Jubilee Party want to take you to the Opposition. They have no plan. They cannot offer alternative leadership. Which government can they form?” asked Ruto.
“Rift Valley is in government to stay. They cannot provide any alternative leadership because they have no agenda for the people,” added the Deputy President.
He told residents in the region not to be misled by some leaders who wanted to divide them on ethnic and political grounds to achieve their selfish interest at the expense of peace and unity of all Kenyans.
Speaking at Ngiito Secondary School grounds in Narok West Constituency, the Deputy President said the government was focused on uniting Kenyans for the sake of unity and accelerated development across the country.
Ruto spoke as four MPs and Narok Governor Samuel Tunai backed his remarks that Rift Valley residents should remain steadfast in the Jubilee Party.
The MPs were Patrick Ntutu (Narok West), Soipan Tuiyan (Women MP), Mathias Robi (Kuria West), Kore Lemein (Narok South) and Tunai.
The leaders maintained that Ruto is the de-facto leader in the region and urged the residents to rally behind the Jubilee Party in order to ensure the re-election of President Kenyatta in 2017 and the subsequent election of Ruto as the President in 2022.
“We want to make it clear that we have resolved to throw our support behind the Deputy President in uniting the people of Rift Valley and Kenyans under the Jubilee Party,” said Ntutu.
“There is no way we can have several political houses at once in this region,” said Governor Tunai.
“This is the genesis of dividing the Rift Valley bloc based on selfish interests. We will not allow this to happen,” added Tunai.
The MPs compared the so-called rebellious individuals in the region to grumblers who have nothing tangible to tell Kenyans.
“The small noises by some individuals in Rift Valley will not sway away the support that the Deputy President is enjoying,” said Soipan.
The Deputy President said the political contest will be about those who believe in the future and those with hangovers of the past.
“The contest will be about the unity and the hope of Kenyans and those who believe in yesterday and the day before,” said Ruto.
He told the residents of Rift Valley that Mr. Moi would not have ruled Kenya for 24 years if they were not united.
“We should not allow some few people to take us backwards,” said Ruto.