Stop divisive politics, says DP Ruto amidst impeachment talk

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Deputy President William Ruto with Vihiga Governor Wilber Ottichilo in Hamisi, Vihiga County
Deputy President William Ruto with Vihiga Governor Wilber Ottichilo in Hamisi, Vihiga County

Deputy President William Ruto has urged leaders to stop politicking and fronting a divisive agenda, and instead focus on uniting Kenyans and forge ahead in service for the country. Speaking in Hamisi, Vihiga County, at a funds drive for women groups, DP Ruto said the focus should be elsewhere, given that currently, the youths need jobs and women need jobs and business opportunities. His sentiments come even as calls for his impeachment, fronted and championed by Siaya Senator James Orengo, cause ripple effects countywide.

The Deputy President, however, faulted his critics and said there are those who are hell-bent on bringing divisions to Jubilee, and that some are disturbed with his ways of operation, “They are so disturbed just because Ruto goes here and there. I’d like to ask Vihiga residents, does Kenya have two Deputy Presidents? Isn’t there just one Deputy President?” he posed. He said politicians should buckle up when the time for the grand race arrives, not now. On issues of development, he said some projects have already been earmarked, including the road constructon from Ekwanda, to Luanda, to Esirulo, to Magada which is underway.

The Deputy President was accompanied by other leaders including Vihiga Governor Wilber Ottichilo, Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, Webuye West MP Dan Wanyama, Mumias East MP Ben Washiali among others. Webuye West MP Dan Wanyama faulted James Orengo for proposing the DP’s impeachment, saying they know the aim of the idea is to ensure ODM leader Raila Odinga takes over Ruto’s position, “I want to remind our brother James Orengo, you have forgotten you are in the Senate, so I don’t know how you’ll actualize this idea of the impeachment from start to finish,” he said. On Saturday, the DP was in Kakamega, where he attended the One Acre Fund celebration of supporting smallholder farmers in Lurambi.