Deputy President William Ruto has asked the Inspector-General of Police Hilary Mutyambai to turn down political-leaning assignments.
He said the work of the police was to deal with the security matters of the country.
“Those misusing security apparatus of the country must stop. Police officers and provincial administrators must be respected and let free to serve Kenyans,” said Dr Ruto.
Speaking today in Kisii town where he addressed wananchi on his way to Kitutu Chache South and South Mugirango for boda boda, women and youth groups empowerment programmes, the Deputy President said it was regrettable that the police was being abused to meet certain political goals.
“Those public servants thinking that they can use the police to intimidate and coerce Kenyans must know that their days are numbered,” he said.
If they would like to join politics, Dr Ruto added, they must stop hiding behind the police and quit the public service job.
“Let them come over and face me in the political arena. I am ready for them.”
Leaders who accompanied him were Kisii County Deputy Governor Joash Maangi, MPs Sylvanus Osoro (South Mugirango), Vincent Kemosi (West Mugirango), Alpha Miruka (Bomachoge Chache), John Kiarie (Dagoretti South), among others.
At the same time, Dr Ruto asked leaders to shun petty politics of engaging youths in creating disharmony in the society.
“Instead of paying them (youths) to cause chaos and confusion to the leaders you differ with, engage them in gainful activities that would make their lives better,” the Deputy President explained.
He said he was committed to competing with other leaders but on issues, development track record and ideologies that would transform Kenya.
Dr Ruto said he was ripe to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022 because “I know the main problems facing Kenya: poverty and youth unemployment”.
“I have the capacity to deliver on this. That is why I am committed to supporting small businesses to help them recover from the COVID-19 crisis and stimulate their growth.”
Mr Maangi asked leaders not to engage in divisive and ethnic-based politics that risked tearing apart the country’s social fabric.
“Let us endeavour to be progressive in our politics,” he said.
On his part, Mr Osoro castigated the Opposition for being deeply involved in the medical supplies scandal that has rocked the country.
“If they can steal this much in less than a year since the Handshake, what would happen to our country when they take power?” Posed the South Mugirango legislator.