Deputy President William Ruto has asked leaders to desist from 2022 succession talks and instead focus their energies on serving Kenyans.
Mr Ruto said elections ended last year and that it was time leaders rise above partisan politics and take a common stand on matters of development.
Addressing Catholic faithful at the Christ the King Cathedral in Bungoma County on Sunday; the Deputy President asked why some leaders ‘read 2022 politics’ in every move he takes to inspect development projects across the country.
He told leaders to stop preoccupying their minds on 2022 succession politics at the expense of serving Kenyans diligently.
“Time for politics has not yet started. This is time to focus on development projects that have direct impact on the lives of our people. We still have 2018 to 2022 to unite and serve the people,” said Mr Ruto.
“As leaders we must be focused on matters of development to benefit millions of youths in our country. We should not be preoccupied with issues of 2022 politics. What God says it is yours, then it will be and if not, it will not be,” added Mr Ruto.
He said the Government would continue to work with all leaders irrespective of their political, ethnic and religious backgrounds in initiating development projects that can change the lives of Kenyans across the country.
“It is impressive that all elected leaders have decided to work together for the common good of Kenyans. It is true unity and teamwork that development can be realized,” said Mr Ruto.
The Deputy President was accompanied by Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati, MPs Enock Kibunguchi (Likuyani), Wafula Wamunyinyi (Kanduyi), John Waluke (Sirisia), James Lusweti (Kabuchai), Didmus Baraza (Kimilili) and Moses Mabonga (Bumula).
Mr Ruto said funds have been set aside for the phase two Chwele and Kibabii water projects as part of its efforts to solving water problems facing residents in the county.
He said the Jubilee administration has connected 50,000 people to electricity in Bungoma up from 25,000 households in 2013.
Mr Ruto urged residents in the area to invest in dairy farming, saying 30 milk coolers have been allocated to the county as part of its efforts to transforming the sector.
The leaders said they would back the Deputy President for presidency in 2022.
“We pray to God to help the Deputy President to take over the leadership of this country in 2022,” said Governor Wangamati.
He said the Luhyia community has been in Opposition for long and must be part and parcel of the next government.
“Let’s now concentrate on development and when the right time comes we will make our stand known,” said Mr Wangamati.
He added: “But I want to tell Mr Ruto to engage us in a structural way as we move towards 2022. Our people have been in Opposition for long and I don’t think they can afford to be there for another 5 years.”
MP Lusweti told the Deputy President to ignore those who were criticizing his development tours across the country.
Mr Waluke asked western Kenya residents to rally behind the leadership of Mr Ruto in 2022, saying he was well placed to take over from president Uhuru Kenyatta when his term in office expires in 2022.
Mr Kibunguchi urged Christians to pray for the Deputy President so that he can realize his dreams of being the president in 2022.
“I ask you today to pray for the Deputy President to take over the leadership of this country in 2022,” said Mr Kibunguchi.
MP Mabonga urged Kenyans to support the Government in the ongoing crusade against corruption.
“Our country remains the best to live in if we contain corruption. I have gone to many countries in the world and there is no a better place than Kenya,” said Mr Mabonga.