Stop disrespecting the President, DP Ruto told


DP William Ruto engaging residents of Githurai, Kiambu County on June 2, 2019. PHOTO | DPPS
DP William Ruto engaging residents of Githurai, Kiambu County on June 2, 2019. PHOTO | DPPS

In Summary

  • The elders insist they have no political debt owed to anyone and have called on their leaders to forget 2022 politics.
  • In April this year, there were reports that central Kenya Governors were 'quietly shunning' the DP.
  • A report in a local daily said they had 'suddenly' withdrawn their support particularly after Interior CS Fred Matiang'i was appointed to oversee the work of other Cabinet Secretaries.

Kikuyu council of elders have accused Deputy President William Ruto of disrespecting his boss in his own backyard.

Through their secretary Peter Munga, the elders accused the Deputy President of petty politics that they say is dividing central Kenya even after the Head of State said that debate on 2020 politics should be shelved.

Speaking at a prayer conference in Kabiruini stadium Nyeri County on Friday, the leaders also blamed Dr. Ruto for frustrating the fight against corruption.

According to him, his close association with people accused of corruption in the country and especially those from central Kenya compromises the graft war.

The deputy president, who over recent weeks has made several visits across the country,  has come under harsh criticism over his political tours and enormous donations to religious institutions.

In his defence, Dr. Ruto said his tours are purely for development purposes and that he has the backing of the President.

The Kikuyu council of elders however cautioned central Kenya leaders against engaging in the presidency succession debate.

They further insisted that they have no political debt owed to anyone and called on their leaders forget 2022 politics.

In April this year, there were reports that central Kenya Governors were ‘quietly shunning’ the DP.

A report in a local daily said they had ‘suddenly’ withdrawn their support particularly after Interior CS Fred Matiang’i was appointed to oversee the work of other Cabinet Secretaries.

President Kenyatta during his visit in Karatina town Nyeri County in November 2018, called upon the central leaders to focus less on politics and more on development agendas.

“Kenyans want service from those whom they elected. Leaders should respect each other because when it comes to development it is for all of us,” said the President.

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