Deputy President William Ruto has spoken about the need to forge national unity ahead of the 2022 General Election.
He said he would rather lose the pursuit of power than see fellow Kenyans fight amongst themselves after elections.
Speaking in his Sugoi homw, Uasin Gishu County, where he met leaders from Mt Kenya region on Thursday, Ruto said that the Jubilee Party leadership was committed to its founding principles of unity and transformation.
“I don’t want to see Kenyans fight because of me. I don’t want this country to take the route where people lose lives because of politicians. That is how serious I am and I want to promise you, kupata kiti, kukosa kiti, ifanyike ile itafanyika we want peace in this nation,” he said.
The DP said that cohesion called for sustained efforts, urging the people to forge good relations with their neighbours regardless of tribe, religion and political persuasion.
“Furthering unity is the core responsibility of all leaders because if we are united, we can focus on a common agenda and a shared purpose. Leadership is about nurturing togetherness not division,” the DP said.
“Real unity is interfaith, inter-community and across regions. Cohesion is not a one-off event; we have to keep doing the work and we have to stay engaged because it is our responsibility,” he added.
Speaking about his 2022 presidential bid, Ruto said that every leader is ordained by God.
“There is no leader not ordained by God. We are strong with that to ensure that Kenya moves forward,” he said.
Leadership, he said, was about nurturing togetherness not division. Real unity is interfaith, inter-community and across regions.
The DP also maintained that he and President Uhuru Kenyatta did not come together in 2013 for selfish reasons, but to rid the country of tribal politics.
“We united because we wanted to eliminate hatred and tribal politics. Winning the election was just a bonus to the unity we had fostered,” Ruto said.