Serve all Kenyans equally - Ruto asks civil servants

In Summary

• Ruto expressed concern that politicians with alternative ideologies are being unfairly subjected to the criminal justice system with the aim of scaring them to submission. 

• He said it was regrettable that the Kenya Police Service, Kenya Revenue Authority, Ethic and Anti Corruption Commission were now actively involved in politics.  

Deputy President William Ruto in Baringo County on February 20,2021.
Deputy President William Ruto in Baringo County on February 20,2021.
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Deputy President William Ruto has asked civil servants to serve all Kenyans equally.

He said state machinery should not be used to intimidate certain leaders.

Ruto expressed concern that politicians with alternative ideologies are being unfairly subjected to the criminal justice system with the aim of scaring them to submission.

He said it was regrettable that the Kenya Police Service, Kenya Revenue Authority, Ethic and Anti Corruption Commission were now actively involved in politics.  

"We should stop using the police to influence politics and allow politicians to politick. Kenya is beyond the politics of threats and intimidation," Ruto said.

 The DP told those selling fear, to sell their agenda to Kenyans instead of using outdated political practices.

He cited recent arrests of Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi and MP Sylvanus Osoro among other leaders as some of those outdated intimidation practices that have no room in this 21st century.

"Those seeking leadership should shun tribalism and threats and instead sell their manifesto to Kenyans," he said.

Ruto spoke in Kabarnet during the opening of Municipal Market after attending the official opening of St. Joseph Catholic Church Kituro in Baringo County.

He was accompanied by CS for Labour and Social Services Simon Chelugui, Governors Stanley Kiptis (Baringo) and Josphat Nanok (Turkana County), MPs Rigathi Gachagua (Maritha), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet County), Caleb Kosotany (Soy) Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Aron Cheruiyot (Kericho County, Nixon Korir (Langata), Joshua Kandie (Baringo Central) and William Cheptumo (Baringo North).

Others were Charles Kamuren (Baringo South), Daniel Tuitoek (Mogotio) Chematia, Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Christopher Langat Bomet County), Moses Lesonet (Eldama Ravine),  Cornelius Serem (Aldai), Vincent Tuwei (Mosop), Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu), Gideon Koske (Chepalungu), Julius Meli (Tinderet), William Kogo (Chesumei), Johana Ng'eno (Emurua Dikirr), Mithika Linturi (Meru County) and Florence Jematia (EALA).

Ruto said it was unfair for leaders to be relieved of their duties because of their association to him.

"Since when did it become a crime to be friends with the Deputy President who is a friend of the President and supported him in four elections?" Ruto posed.

Ruto said he will not present himself to Kenyans as a Kalenjin leader but a leader with ideas to transform the country.

He asked his competitors to desist from the use of tribal politics to divide Kenyans.

Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok said it was unfortunate that proponents of BBI were using security challenges in Kapedo as a bargaining chip.

"They are telling Turkana MCAs to pass the BBI Bill or else they will withdraw officers conducting security operations in Kapedo. That is illegal and strange," Nanok said.

Ichungwa asked proponents of the BBI to respect the wishes of county assemblies and stop meddling with the voting process.

Sudi on the other hand said that no amount of intimidation will stop them from fighting for what they believe in.

"Even if they arrest us, they have arrested Sonko and I among others, we will continue fighting for this country" Sudi said.

Linturi asked Kenyans to elect leaders who have the capacity to champion their needs and uplift their lives.

"We want a servant leader who will work for Kenyans day and night," Linturi said.

Kositany asked Jubilee Party Secretary General to stop harassing nominated MCAs and allow them to debate and vote for the BBI bill soberly.

"We want to tell Tuju to stop intimidating nominated MCAs, let them vote independently," Kositany said.

Ruto also addressed wananchi in Kocholwa and Iten in Elgeyo Marakwet during issuance of title deeds and boda boda empowerment respectively.