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DP Ruto: Lose or win, I don’t want Kenyans to kill each other over me

By Mireri Junior | December 20th 2019
William Ruto addresses local leaders in Sugoi, Uasin Gishu county. [DPPS]

Deputy President William Ruto says he will rather forgo power than see Kenyans fight over him or any other politician, adding that if it means people have to fight for him to get power, then he better forgo that power.

In Twitter postings about his day on Thursday when he hosted local leaders in Sugoi, Uasin Gishu County, Ruto said it was the core responsibility of every leader to enhance and maintain peace.

He further tweeted it is the same foundation that the ruling party Jubilee was formed and that nothing will distract them from giving Kenyans peace.

“The Jubilee leadership remains committed to its foundation principles of unity and transformation. Nothing will distract us from this course,” he said.

Ruto warned Kenyans against fighting each other over politicians, saying no politician was too important for Kenyans to fight for.

"Mimi sitaki Kenya igombane kwa sababu yangu, hapana (I do not want Kenyans to fight because of me)," Ruto declared.

The Deputy President said the main reason why he was in politics was to move the country forward and finish tribalism and not to win election or power.

He said the reason why they came together with President Uhuru Kenyatta was not to win the election but to unite Kenyans and finish ethnic animosity among Kenyan communities.

"Winning election in 2013 and 2017 were just bonuses, the main agenda was to unite the country and to transform it," he said.

Ruto reaffirmed his commitment to foster peace, unity and transformation that will see ordinary Kenyans benefit regardless of their ethnic background.

"Real unity is interfaith, inter-community and across regions. Cohesion is not a one-off event, we have to keep doing the work and we have to stay engaged because it is our responsibility," he added.

Ruto said he was not worried about who will ascend to power come 2022 because leadership is chosen by God and that his commitment is to transform Kenya.

"Any leadership of a country is chosen by God, therefore we are not worried about that, ours is to transform our country for better."

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