Deputy President William Ruto has asked all Kenyans to respect the rule of law.
Mr Ruto said the country is governed by rules and the Constitution, saying all Kenyans irrespective of their political affiliations must obey the law.
Speaking during an interdenominational prayer service held at the Chepkemel primary school grounds in Uasin Gishu County, on Sunday, the Deputy President said no one in the country was above the law.
He said those in the Executive, Judiciary, Parliament and the Opposition were bound to abide by the rule of law.
“All of us must submit to the Constitution of Kenya and the rule of law, not rule of men,” said Mr Ruto.
The Deputy President said when President Uhuru Kenyatta and him lost the 2002 elections they respected the outcome and formed the Opposition.
He said they also accepted the International Criminal Court (ICC) summons despite the fact that they were innocent and attended the court where they proved their detractors wrong.
Mr Ruto said when the Supreme Court nullified their August 8 win, they respected the law by going back to the repeat presidential election in October 26 as demanded by the highest court in the land.
“If there are people who respect the rule of law, then it’s us in Jubilee. We have track record of abiding by the rule of law and we will continue doing so,” said Mr Ruto.
“This democratically elected Government under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta will continue to be run on the basis of the Constitution and the rule of law,” added Mr Ruto.
Present were Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, MPs Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), John Waluke (Sirisia), Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo), Malulu Injendi (Malava), Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Janet Rotich (Turbo), Swarup Mishra (Kessses), Nixon Korir (Langata), Vincent Tuwei (Mosop) and Caleb Kositany (Soy).
Mr Ruto said the Government’s focus was now on unity and development, saying electioneering period was over and that it was time to serve Kenyans.
“Time for elections is over. Leaders should now dedicate their energies to serving the electorate as the next election will be held in 2022,” said Mr Ruto.
The MPs asked the Government not to be distracted by those making noise, saying Kenyans were in dire need of services from elected leaders and not mere politicking.
The legislators said now that the new Cabinet Secretaries have been vetted and sworn into office, it was time to serve Kenyans and ignore those who still had election hangovers.
“As MPs we are ready to support the Government implementing its development agenda. We should ignore those making noise because they still have hangovers of the last elections,” said Mr Waluke.
Mr Waluke told leaders especially those allied to the Jubilee Party to desist from politics aimed at undermining the party’s leadership.
Mr Injendi said those in Opposition had nothing to offer Kenyans laughing off their sentiments that they have reached ‘Canaan’.
The MPs, at the same time, said Mr Ruto was well placed to take over the leadership of the country when President Kenyatta’s term comes to an end in 2022.
Mr Lusaka asked MPs from the Rift Valley to rally behind Mr Ruto so that his 2022 presidential bid can be successful.
He said residents of Western Kenya have faith in the leadership of Jubilee and the community has greatly benefitted since Jubilee took over in 2013.
“We want to assure Mr Ruto that the people of Western Kenya will rally behind him because he is well placed to succeed President Kenyatta,” said Mr Lusaka.
Mr Injendi and Mr Waluke said they would take the lead in popularizing the Jubilee Party ahead of the 2022 elections especially in Western Kenya.
Mr Mandago said leaders and residents in Rift Valley were firmly behind the leadership of Mr Ruto, saying those of the contrary opinion will be rendered politically irrelevant.
“Rift Valley has no two roads leading to 2022. We only have one highway straight and clear. We will not allow anyone to stand in our way,” said Mr Mandago.
Mr Ruto said the Government has released Sh 3billion to pay farmers so that they can adequately prepare for this planting season.