Deputy President William Ruto has asked Jubilee leaders to stop focusing on his 2022 presidential bid and concentrate on serving Kenyans.
Mr Ruto said Kenyans went to the polls last year and it would be wrong for leaders to subject them to matters of politics even before the dust settled down.
He said leaders should unite and focus their energies on matters of development, saying electioneering period ended last year.
Speaking at the African Inland Church (AIC) Missionary College in Uasin-Gishu County, on Sunday, the Deputy President told leaders to stop debates about the 2022 General Election and dedicate their energies to serving Kenyans.
“It is immoral, not right and unacceptable that we continue to manipulate political space to continuously talk about elections and sharing of power instead of focusing on things that matter to Kenyans,” said Mr Ruto.
“I want to ask those in political class not to be selfish so as we create time and thrive national discourse about empowering 45 million Kenyans and not few individuals,” said Mr Ruto.
He reminded leaders that they had a duty to implement the promises they made to the electorate during last year’s elections.
“Between now and the next election, we should concentrate on the agenda that we sold to the people and which made them to elect us. Let’s put politics aside for now,” said Mr Ruto.
Governor Jackson Mandago (Uasin-Gishu), MPs Margaret Kamar (Uasin-Gushu), Janet Rotich (Turbo), William Chepkut (Ainabkoi), Caleb Kositany (Soy), Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), John Mburu (Lari), Jackson Rono (Keiyo South) and former minister Henry Kosgei.
Mr Chepkut told off leaders calling for change of the Constitution ahead of the next general election.
“Those pushing the agenda to have the Constitution changed to create some positions should stop day dreaming and concentrate on what they were elected to do,” said Mr Chepkut.
“We should stick by the current laws and serve the people. It’s too early to talk about changing the Constitution,” added Mr Chepkut.
Mr Kosgei told leaders from the Kalenjin community to speak with one voice ahead of the 2022 elections.
“Leaders from Rift Valley should stop unnecessary talk and work together in pushing the community’s agenda ahead of 2022 by supporting the Deputy President for the top seat when President Uhuru Kenyatta’s term comes to an end,” said Mr Kosgei.
He said leaders from the community erecting roadblocks would face the wrath of the voters come 2022.
“Don’t lose focus as leaders. As people of Kalenjin, 2022 is our time and we should take advantage of the situation by uniting and rallying behind our brother William Ruto,” said Mr Kosgei.
Mr Mandago supported sentiments by Mr Kosgei that leaders from the region work together and rally behind the leadership of the Deputy President.
“We are in agreement wit Mr Kosgei that as leaders from our community, we should rally behind Mr Ruto for the top seat come 2022 and no one should stand in our way,” said Mr Mandago.