Deputy President William Ruto has cautioned against divisive politics as the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) debate rages on.
He said whether BBI is passed or not, Kenyans would continue with their day-today activities.
The Deputy President said contests on BBI should not divide the country along tribal, religious and political affiliations, saying unity of Kenyans remains key to the attainment of peace and development.
He said the noises being witnessed over the BBI report should not worry Kenyans as far as issues of unity was concerned ‘because this is what democracy is all about’.
“In politics, it’s like being in the kitchen, where as the cook, one cannot run away because of too much smoke but has to endure for the food to be ready,” he said.
He went on: “We must stand together as leaders and preach peace and unity despite the challenges we are facing as a country. We will pull together as a nation. After the BBI debate, we will be back to our normal development programmes.”
The Deputy President said leaders should not take Kenyans back to the era of tribal affiliations.
“As leaders, we must eliminate tribal politics at all costs and embrace unity among all Kenyans irrespective of their ethnic, political, religious and economic status,” said Dr Ruto.
The Deputy President made the remarks today at Kipkenyo in Kapseret Constituency, Uasin Gishu County, during the funeral service of the late William Kipkemoi Kurgat, a retired Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK), Lay Reader.
Present were Governor Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), MPs Oscar Sudi (Kapsaret), Caleb Kositany (Soy), Gladys Shollei (Women Rep, Uasin Gishu), Mithika Linturi (Meru), Samson Cherargei (Nandi) and former Mombasa senator Hassan Omar.
Mr Linturi said leaders should take the lead in preaching politics of honesty and sincerity so as to be emulated by Kenyans.
He said politics of betrayal must be discouraged by all means in the country.
The legislators urged those in authority to stop misusing their constitutional powers and instead serve all Kenyans equally.
Mr Omar said Kenyans were prepared for the greatest revolution ever witnessed since independence in the form of hustler movement, aimed at economically transforming the lives of majority of Kenyans.
“The hustler movement is not banking on an endorsement from an individual but has instead gone directly to the people to look for their endorsement ahead of 2022,” said Mr Omar.
Senator Cherargei took issue with the manner in which state agencies were being used to frustrate leaders supporting the Deputy President.
“They should stop weaponizing government institutions to fight supporters of the Deputy President,” said Mr Cherargei.
Ms Shollei said the next government would relook at all the issues that were being proposed in BBI with a view to ensuring the unconstitutional ones were revoked.
The Deputy President described the late Kurgat as a great leader who mentored my individuals to be great politicians besides educating many children from less privileged in the society.