Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has urged Kenyans to chose between what he terms as politicians advancing tribal alliances and those focused on reviving the economy ahead of the 2022 General Election.
He said this hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday began a series of meetings with estranged former National Super Alliance chiefs in State House Mombasa.
Speaking at his residence in Karen on Tuesday, August 10, when he hosted Members of County Assembly (MCA) from Kitui County to discuss the social-economic transformation of the country, Ruto urged Kenyans to make informed decisions ahead of the crucial 2022 presidential race.
“We have a framed contest. The people of Kenya will have to choose between making peace with a mediocrity of tribal alliances and economic revolutionary,” William Ruto said in an apparent reference to the alliances being planned by Raila Odinga’s ODM party and Jubilee party with another around Kalonzo Musyoka, Gideon Moi, Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi.
Ruto said such political alliances are not only anchored on tribal lines but also seek to benefit few political leaders through position and power-sharing.
The former agriculture minister urged leaders to go beyond the temporary waves of political slogans and institute long-term approaches that will change Kenya.
“Do not be shortchanged with pleasantries; let leaders share their roadmaps to fighting poverty in the country,” he said.
At the same time, he challenged his political opponents to explain to the people how their trickle-down economic approach will transform Kenya.
“Economic revolution will start from the bottom. It is this revolution that will get us out of poverty and the huge debts that we suffer from,” said Ruto whose quest for the presidency has rattle so many politicians.
Kivumbi.co.ke understands President Uhuru is pushing former NASA principals who joined One Kenya Alliance to reunite with Raila Odinga so as to field a single presidential candidate to face William Ruto next year.
In June, Raila Odinga’s party begun talks to form a coalition with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party, a coalition that Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua termed as ‘primitive’.
“We have seen people say that are uniting their parties. It is okay and not bad. But in our country, we need coalitions that are based on ideological … coalitions that will bring jobs to Kenyans,
“It is not tribal coalitions… you say let us form a coalition with this leader because he is from that tribe…that is primitive thinking…Ideas that were planted by the colonialists,” Mutua said.