, KISII, Kenya Mar 20 – Deputy President William Ruto has urged Kenyans to embrace the new Jubilee Party during his tour of Kisii county.
Ruto said the move to bring together all political parties affiliated to the Jubilee Coalition under the Jubilee Party (JP) is aimed at forming a strong party that would accommodate all Kenyans.
“We want to discourage politics based on regions as they are the cause of tribalism in our country,” he said.
Ruto said politics should not be used to create enmity among Kenyans but be viewed as a uniting factor of all the Kenyan ethnic communities.
He said the Jubilee administration is ready to work with all leaders irrespective of their ethnic and political affiliations.
The Deputy President asked political leaders to put the interest of Kenyans above their own.
He made the remarks when he addressed two separate meetings at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kenya in Itierio and Nyamache open grounds in Bobasi Constituency, Kisii County.
He was accompanied by Governor James Ongwae, his deputy Joash Maangi, MPs Stephen Manoti (Bobasi), Joel Onyancha (Bomachoge Borabu), Mary Otara (Kisii), Zepedeo Obare (Bonchari), Mustafa Idd (Kilifi South) and Jimmy Angwenyi (Kitutu Chache North).
Ruto asked leaders to work together irrespective of their political affiliation for the benefit of Kenyans.
He said the country would achieve its development goals if leaders worked together instead of engaging in political battles.
“As leaders we should put aside our political differences and work together for the benefit of the people,” he said.
He praised the role played by churches in the development of education in the country.
Ruto said the Jubilee administration is working with all leaders across the country in solving the challenges facing the people.
The Deputy President said Kisii County will benefit with the construction and equipping of technical training institutes in all the constituencies in the region.
He said the Government has put in place a comprehensive plan to expand the Suneka airstrip noting that Sh50 million has already been set aside for the project.
“We are committed to implementing the development projects we promised Kenyans during the last general election,” he said.
Iddi told the people of Kisii to work with the Government for the sake of development in the area.
“I am the right person to tell you what the Opposition is all about because the people of Coast have been in the opposite direction every time elections are held but this time round we are ready to work with Jubilee,” Iddi said.
Angwenyi on his part said the Abagusii community will rally behind the Jubilee Party in the next general election.
Governor Ongwae lauded the Government for continuously supporting social protection programs citing bursaries that have helped many students from the less fortunate families.