NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 26- Deputy President William Ruto has urged leaders to embrace political realignments saying it is a reflection of democracy.
Addressing faithful in Machakos County where he attended a church service, the Deputy President insisted that changing one’s allegiance or alliance is normal and should not be viewed as a result of compromise or inducement.
“Changing one’s allegiance or alliance is normal and should not be viewed as a result of compromise or inducement,” he said.
He however said leaders should be attracted by issues such as good policies, development, fair play and progressiveness of an institution or a party while shifting their allegiance.
Ruto sentiments come as the country is witnessing imminent political realignments across all political parties.
“It is only slaves who cannot change their minds,” said the Deputy President.
Ruto said leaders were free to make political decisions and should not be construed to mean that they have been induced.
“Leaders are free to make their informed decisions and engage in political realignments in chatting their political future. This does not mean that they have been compromised,” said Ruto.
“It does not mean that when we change our political course, we have been induced,” he added.
He was accompanied by MPs Vincent Musyoka (Mwala), Victor Munyaka (Machakos town), Benson Mbai (Masinga), Elisha Busienei (Turbo), Alice Wahome (Kandara), Francis Mwangangi (Yatta) and former MP Kalembe Ndile.
The Deputy President said the Government would continue to work with leaders in serving all Kenyans equally despite their political affiliations.
He said it was the constitutional right of all Kenyans to access Government services notwithstanding their voting patterns during the last general elections.
Ruto took issue with leaders bent on criticizing the Government for working with leaders from across the political divide in addressing the challenges facing the people.
He expressed concern that some leaders in the country were engaging in activities reminiscent to what happened during the era of slavery and slave trade.
The Deputy President said elected leaders from the Opposition do not need permission from anybody to work with the Government in solving the problems facing Kenyans.
“It is primitive for anybody to believe that elected leaders have to get permission from him to engage with other leaders,” said Ruto.
“Any person in this 21st century who still believes in slavery believes in something of the past,” he added.
He said it is unbelievable that some leaders were opposed to those keen on initiating development projects that can transform the lives of the people.
“Some people who are opposed to leaders engaging in talks, planning or sharing of ideas together on how to develop Kenya are reminding us of slavery where slaves must get permission from their masters,” said Ruto.
The MPs vowed to work with the Government in exploring ways of solving the problems facing the people.