Deputy President William Ruto has condemned leaders who were creating political parties along tribal lines during a meeting with Mount Kenya Youth Caucus at his residence in Karen, Nairobi County.
In his statement during the meeting, the Second in Command urged the youth to elect leaders based on what they were bringing to the table and not their tribal affiliations.
“Don’t accept to be told that this leader comes from our tribe. It is about you getting a job, it is about your business, health insurance that pays for you and your family, accessing food…It is not about our leaders or tribe,” Ruto stated.
“We must stop these guys from telling us that it is about our tribe and our leader. It is about every Kenyan and the greatest stakeholders are the young people,” he added.
His statement seemed to have been a direct attack on Gatundu South Member of parliament Moses Kuria who had claimed that Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party attempted to lock out other political parties out of the hustler nation.
The Gatundu South legislator had rebuked the political leaders, pointing out that the UDA party outfit could not be the only vehicle to steer forward the hustler nation.
Kuria alleged that UDA leaders wanted to take the country back to a one-party state like was the case during the KANU regime.
He warned against political intolerance, citing the Kiambaa church tragedy as an example in 2007 where a kid was thrown back into the burning church.
“It is this lesson that we failed to learn from the warning signals of 1992 and 1997 that led this country to a near armageddon of 2007/2008 General Election.
“If we had learnt this lesson in 1992 and 1997, a kid who was thrown from the bottom of a Church UP a window on December 30, 2007, would have survived,” Kuria stated.
He however, maintained that he would drum up support for the DP Ruto but would not join the UDA party.
In his argument, Kuria stated that Mount Kenya leaders would be answerable to their community in the event that the relationship with Ruto failed in the future.