Deputy President William Ruto, on Wednesday, February 26, sent out a stern warning to embattled Narok, Senator Ledama ole Kina.
Speaking during the burial of Josephine Wambui Kimotho, mother to former Nakuru Mayor Samuel Mwangi.
in Lanet, Nakuru, the DP criticized the senator over what he referred to as ethnic-fueled politics, going on to declare that such a leader was bound to have a shortlived career in politics.
“Wale mnaoskia wakisema haufai kuwa hapa haufai kuwa pale, hawa ni viongozi wa mda kidogo na hawajielewi, (there was one who was going on about certain citizen not being allowed to settle or transact business in their county, these are leaders who are confused and their tenure will be shortlived),” Ruto announced.
Deputy William Ruto pictured at the burial of Josephine Wambui Kimotho, mother to former Nakuru Mayor Samuel Mwangi in Lanet, Nakuru on February 26.
He went on to announce that the Jubilee government would not tolerate any form of divisive politics masked under the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
“The bottom line is that our government led by President Uhuru Kenyatta does not support any form of discrimination. Any citizen is allowed to do business, embark on agricultural projects, buy land and vie for any leadership post anywhere in the country),” he emphasized.
Ruto declared that leaders who went around preaching divisive politics were cursed and their future was non-existent.
“I want to send a warning to these leaders. Some of these leaders are very young. Wachunge sana, wajifunze na waende pole pole, (they should be very careful and try exercising a bit of forethought).
The Jubile Deputy Party leader declared his unflinching support for the BBI, going on to explain that the whole reason Uhuru decided to spearhead the national drive was to unite Kenyans.
“We agreed to support the BBI to unite Kenyans. Let it not be used to propagate hate,” he reiterated.
Ruto then passed Uhuru’s message for the grieving family, ‘the president asked me to let you know that despite not being present, he was with the entire family and his support was unwavering”.
The DP’s latest remarks come a day since former Prime Minister Raila Odinga defended Ledama’s controversial remarks at the BBI rally held in Narok on Friday, February 21.
Raila argued that the rallies gave room for all Kenyans to air out the various issues touching on their day to day lives, to be able to come up with lasting solutions.
Speaking in Murang’a during the burial of Senator Irungu Kang’ata’s father on Monday, February 24, Raila made it clear that Ledama was well within his democratic rights to express issues that affected his county, adding that castigating him for that was a low blow and shortsighted.