Jubilee is redefining Kenyan politics – DP William Ruto

Deputy President William Ruto at the thanksgiving service of Agriculture CS Willy Keter. [Photo/DPPS]

Deputy President William Ruto has warned the political class against perpetuating the politics of ethnic division ahead of the 2017 General Election.

Ruto said the formation of Jubilee Party has been necessitated by the government’s desire to form a united country devoid of ethnic bias and tribalism.

“As Jubilee, we have resolved to unite all Kenyans and there is no going back. We are not going to allow politics of division and hatred,” stated the Deputy President.

Ruto made the remarks on Sunday during an interdenominational thanks-giving service in honour of newly appointed Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett (Agriculture) and Principal Secretary Andrew Tuimur (Livestock) held at the Kapsebet Boys High School grounds, Nandi County.

Cabinet Secretaries present were Charles Keter (Energy), Phyllis Kandie (Labour) and Henry Rotich (Treasury).

MPs present include MP Elijah Lagat (Chesumei), David Were (Matungu), Moses Kuria (Gatundu North), Kirwa Bitok (Mosop) and Sabina Chege (Muranga).

Uasin Gishu Senator Isaac Melly, Nandi Women Representative Zipporah Kering, Nairobi Women Representative Rachel Shebesh and Nandi Senator Stephen Lagat were also present.

Governors Cleophas Lagat (Nandi), Jackson Mandago (Uasin-Gishu) and Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo Marakwet) and Bishops Silas Yego (AIC) and Eliud Wabukhala (ACK) were also present.

Nandi Senator Stephen Sang read mischief in the bribery allegations against Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi saying they are linked to the 2017 polls.

“We know the accusations against Justice Tunoi are informed by the 2017 General Election. They are trying to interfere with the Supreme Court thinking that the elections will be decided there,” said Nandi Senator Stephen Sang.

“We have the people and we will win resoundingly in the first round.”

Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos said the court had been infiltrated by a political succession battle.

He noted that all leaders and residents in the region were firmly behind the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Jubilee Party.

“Those making noises are signs and indications of individuals already in a panic mood,” said Mr Mandago.

Willy Bett was appointed into the agriculture docket in December taking over from Felix Koskei who was suspended and later dismissed over allegations of corruption after he was named, among four other cabinet secretaries in the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) “list of shame”.

By @benjaminwafula


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