Leaders Asked not be inhibitors in transforming Kenya

Deputy President William Ruto has asked leaders not be inhibitors in transforming Kenya.

He said they enjoyed public trust, a favour that should be honoured through diligent execution of their mandates.

Addressing the African Divine Church congregation on Sunday in Hamisi, Vihiga County, Dr Ruto said leaders have a debt with the people, which should be paid through service delivery.

“We will all be appraised when our terms come to an end. We will have to share with the people what we did for them during our tenure,” said the Deputy President.

He was accompanied by Vihiga Governor Wilber Otichilo, MPs Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Charles Gimose (Hamisi), Samuel Gachobe (Subukia), Patrick Wainaina (Thika Town), James Gichuhi (Tetu), Kweya Thuku (Kinangop), George Murugara (Tharaka), Malili Injendi (Malava) and Mwambu Mabonga (Bumula).

Others were former Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga and former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale.

Dr Ruto cautioned politicians against gambling with the lives of Kenyans, observing that “our work cannot be measured by empty words”.

“It is through our deeds and programmes that our strength of our leadership is measured. We must, therefore, avoid the politics of lies,” he explained.

He said Jubilee had strived to change how politics is conducted by merging different tribal political outfits in its bid to uniting Kenyans.

“We do not want to be taken back to the era of the politics of tribalism and division. In Jubilee, we do not tolerate lies; when we say it, we mean it because we are a responsible leadership,” added Dr Ruto.

He asked youths to shun away from being used by politicians to drive their interests, but rather engage in productive roles that would make Kenya better.

While pledging to work with the government in the delivery of the Big Four agenda, the MPs said they would not bow down to pressure from a section of politicians who are after frustrating the Jubilee development.

“As Jubilee strives to bring this country together, there are those among us who want to tear apart our fabric of unity,” said Mr Mabonga.

The Bumula MP noted that any disunity in the party risked puncturing its development goals.

He was supported by Mr Injendi, Mr Washiali and Mr Gimose who observed that it was through leaders working together that they can seek another mandate in the 2022 elections.

Mr Akaranga asked Western leaders “not to repeat past mistakes” by rallying behind leaders with a vision.

“We must befriend like-minded leaders; people who have the will and power to make Kenya better,” added Mr Khalwale.