We are playing different leagues, DP Ruto tells CORD

DP William Ruto addressing the nation during Mashujaa Day celebrations in Machakos. [Photo/Benjamin Wafula]

Deputy President William Ruto has downplayed the competitiveness of Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) by claiming that Jubilee is in a different league altogether.

Ruto stated that after the merging of Jubilee coalition affiliate parties into one, they scaled a level higher than CORD, which is still a coalition of three parties: Wiper, Ford Kenya and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

“I would like to tell my friend Kalonzo that they should copy our example and merge into one party – then we can compete. But as it stands, we (Jubilee) are on a different level,” intimated Ruto.

He further stated that as difficult as it may be to form a party comprising of different parties, they were hopeful that CORD would actually take the route.

“We will pray for you so that you can form one party. That way we will be able to give Kenyans real choices in the next elections.”

Earlier, Ruto had called on the people of Ukambani to support Jubilee saying it offered real leadership to all, regardless of one’s religion, geographic location or tribe.

He praised Jubilee government for launching several projects in different parts of the country in a bid to help improve the lives of Kenyans.

The DP said that as a government, Jubilee is determined to empower county governments to ensure services are taken closer to the people.

“We recognize counties as centres for development and progress. By empowering counties we will ensure that services are devolved to the grassroots and give people the powers to hold both the national and county government into account on matters of corruption and embezzlement of funds,” said DP Ruto.

By coming to Machakos, for the first time in the history, we are setting a new style of politics, one that is devoid of tribalism and divisions but that which focuses on development.

He stated that Jubilee would unite Kenyans and build bridges of friendship, peace and cohesion.

Similar sentiments were echoed by President Uhuru Kenyatta who called on Kenyans to shun leaders who are out to divide the country on the basis of tribalism.

He called on leaders in the media, politics, religion and business sphere to play their role in uniting the county in the run up to the 2017 General Election.

Among the leaders present at the function included CORD co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula, Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, Chief Justice, David Kenani Maraga, National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale, and Interior Cabinet Secretary, Major Gen. (Rtd.) Joseph Nkaissery.

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