Deputy President William Ruto has expressed concern that state machinery is being used to intimidate certain leaders.
Ruto said that politicians with alternative ideologies are being unfairly subjected to the criminal justice system with the aim of scaring them to submission, adding that it was regrettable that the Kenya Police Service, Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) 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,” said Ruto.
Citing recent arrests of Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi and MP Sylvanus Osoro among other leaders, Ruto said that intimidation practices have no room in the 21st century.
“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?” posed Ruto.
Ruto further insisted that it was unfair for leaders to be relieved of their duties because of their association with him.
Ruto, a Rift-Valley kingpin said he will not present himself to Kenyans as a Kalenjin leader but a leader with ideas to transform the country.
“Those seeking leadership should shun tribalism and threats and instead sell their manifesto to Kenyans,” he said and asked his competitors to desist from the use of tribal politics to divide Kenyans.
Turkana County Governor Josphat Nanok who accompanied Ruto 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,” said Nanok.
The DP was also accompanied by Cabinet Secretary for Labour and Social Services Simon Chelugui, Governors Stanley Kiptis (Baringo) MPs Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho), Nixon Korir (Langata), Joshua Kandie (Baringo Central) and William Cheptumo (Baringo North) among others.