Kakamega Deputy Governor-elect Ayub Savula. [File, Standard]

A section of Azimio leaders from the Western region have challenged Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua to respect his boss President William Ruto or resign.

The leaders are alleging that the DP has refused to stop ethnic and divisive politics.

Speaking at two different events in Kakamega, leaders led by Kakamega Deputy Governor Ayub Savula and six Members of Parliament from Kakamega claimed Gachagua was dragging back the quest to have a united country.

"The President wants to unite Kenya and Deputy President Gachagua should know he is the deputy president of the people of Kenya and not Central region alone," said Savula in Mumias East constituency Kakamega County.

Savula, however, urged the President to ensure taxes are added proportionately and gradually stated that the demonstrations being witnessed by youths are because the youths are hopeless due to lack of jobs.

While speaking in a different function in Ikolomani MPs Bernard Shinali (Ikolomani), Shinyalu lawmaker Fred Ikana, Navakholo MP Emmanuel Wangwe, his Lugari Counterpart Nabii Nabwera, and Malava legislator Malulu Injendi urged DP and his allies to stop dividing Kenyans along ethnic lines which hampers development.

Wangwe hit out at Gachagua asking him to whip his close ally, Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga over his remarks concerning the government's move to write off Sh117 Billion debt owed by State-owned Sugar Factories.

"It is so sad to see leaders from other regions lamenting that sugarcane farmers from the Western region should not benefit from the government when it comes to doing a waiver," said Wangwe.

"If Nyeri governor can speak in front of Deputy President who represents the nation and says nothing when his ally is opposing the government move to write off debts owed by our state factories like Mumias and Nzoia Sugar because we did not vote for the current regime to the last man unlike his region it means we will be forced to boycott paying taxes."

Wangwe said the Deputy President's silence over the matter signals that he endorses the remarks by his home governor.

Lugari lawmaker Nabwera said no section of the country is more special than the other when it comes to development matters.

"We don't want leaders who only pull resources to their areas and we want equity in terms of development and if any leader feels he she should serve his people only then there's no need for such a leader holding public offices," Nabwera