'Mimi sipangwingwi,' DP Ruto says as he condemns tribal political parties
Deputy President William Ruto has said tribal parties should not be given a chance in Kenya’s political space.
Ruto termed them the biggest impediments of Kenya’s development as they further hate, division and ethnicity.
The DP drummed up support for his UDA party, saying it is a party of national unity bringing together the whole country.
He said it was impossible to unite the country if “everybody has his political party from his corner, from his community or from his region”.
"Siasa ya ukabila ndio imerudisha Kenya nyuma na nafasi yetu safari hii tuondoe, tumalize na tuzike siasa ya ukabila katika taifa letu la Kenya. Njia ya kuondoa siasa ya ukabila katika taifa letu la Kenyanni kuhakikisha sote tumeungana kwa chama ambayo inaunganisha wakenya wote. Chama ya kazi ni kazi. Chama ya UDA," said Ruto.
He added: "Nataka wajue vile wakenya wamesema hawapangwingwi. Mimi pia kama hustler nataka niwaambie sipangwingwi. Wao wanaweza kupangwa na deep state ama na system lakini sisi hatupangwingwi."
He spoke on Monday at his Karen residence in Nairobi County where he engaged more than 3,000 members of the Wamama na Hustler, a group that has undertaken to promote the Bottom-Up Economic Model across the country.
Leaders present included Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, MPs Jayne Kihara (Naivasha Town), Millicent Omanga (Nominated), Isaac Mwaura (Nominated), Patrick Wainaina (Thika Town) and George Theuri (Embakasi West).
Nixon Korir (Lang'ata), Benjamin Gathiru (Embakasi Central), James Gakuya (Embakasi North) and Simon Mbugua (EALA), Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi and former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru were also present.
Ruto added that any leader seeking the country’s leadership must be driven by the hunger to unite and transform the lives of the people.
"We want to ensure that every Kenyan affords a meal; everybody has a decent source of income. That way, we will be moving forward together,” he stated.
He urged Kenyans to join the United Democratic Alliance as it is the only political party that is issues-driven and people-centred.
Mr Ichung’wa said Ruto’s competitors were confused and lacked any agenda for the country, adding that their everyday agenda was the Deputy President.
"The conversation has changed but they remain stuck in their own agenda of discussing personality,” noted the Kikuyu MP.
Governor Waiguru said the support shown to Ruto when he toured Kirinyaga on Sunday was a carbon-copy of all Mt Kenya Counties.
“The region is firmly behind Ruto because of his development credentials,” she said.
The Kirinyaga Governor called on the country to rally behind the Deputy President because of the energy and focus he has in making Kenya a better country for everyone.