Deputy President William Ruto has called out the haves for disrespecting and profiling the have-nots.
The DP said some people wanted the poor to remain in beggary forever.
He noted that the “sons of peasants who have been blessed by God” were being branded as “thieves because nobody knew their fathers”.
The DP said it was possible for someone to rise from a humble background and build an empire.
“It’s God who does that. He uplifts the poor and makes them dine with kings as written in the Book of Psalms.
“Some people are very disrespectful, they think we are thieves because we were not born in rich families,” he said.
He was speaking in Tenges, Baringo County, during the burial of veteran politician Hosea Kiplagat.
The Deputy President said that the former chairman of Cooperative Bank worked his way up to the corporate world.
“He was a hard-working man. He started small and later reached the heights of success. This tells you that everything is possible,” he said of Kiplagat, who was a close associate of the late President Daniel arap Moi during his long tenure.