Deputy President William Ruto has urged Kenyans to stop ethnic-based groupings and embrace political parties with a national outlook.
Ruto said Kenyans should elect leaders with good development track records and who have the country’s interests at heart.
The DP said it is only United Democratic Alliance (UDA) among the current group of political parties in Kenya that has a national outlook and a clear agenda for the country.
“Do not allow to be misled to support political parties with tribal groupings and which have no development agenda for the country,” said Ruto.
He made his remarks on Thursday during an "empowerment program" for the residents of Wundanyi, Mwatate and Voi in Taita Taveta County.
Other leaders present at the rally were MPs Lydia Haika, Benjamin Tayari, Aisha Jumwa, Khatib Mwashetani, Kwale Deputy Governor Fatuma Achani and former Governor John Mruttu.
Ruto said it’s time for leaders to discourage the politics of conmanship saying when he supported Raila Odinga in 2007, Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013 and 2017 he was a good man.
Ruto said he was surprised that the same people who used to praise him when he supported Raila and Uhuru have changed their perception about him.
“When I supported Raila Odinga to become Prime minister and later my friend Uhuru Kenyatta to become President, I was a good man. But now that I want to help hustlers, I have suddenly turned out to be a bad man,” said Ruto.
He added that the hustler movement that is now popular among Kenyans has created panic, forcing some leaders to form tribal meetings intending to fight him ahead of 2022 polls.
Ruto said the hustler movement aims to change the country’s economic model from grassroots as opposed to the current up-downwards benefitting few individuals.