WAJIR, Kenya, May 5 – Jubilee leaders have reiterated their support to the party, saying they were determined to ensure that the politics of Kenya is oriented to transforming the country.
The more than 15 leaders who accompanied Deputy President William Ruto in Wajir County for the launch of various development projects on Saturday said they were in Jubilee to stay.
They said the party was founded on the premise of uniting all communities and developing Kenya and anyone seeking to bring it down “is an enemy of the people”.
The leaders included Governors Mohamed Abdi Mohamud (Wajir), Mohammed Kuti (Isiolo), MPs Aden Duale (Garissa Township), Rashid Kassim (Wajir East), Ahmed Kolosh (Wajir West), Mohammed Sheikh Omar (Wajir South), Anab Subow Gure (Woman Rep, Garissa) and Ahmed Bashane (Tarbaj).
Others were Rehema Jaldesa (Woman Rep, Isiolo), Sophia Noor (Ijara), Adan Keynan (Eldas), Christopher Nakuleu (Turkana North), Kimani Ichung’wah (Kikuyu) and Mandera Senator Mahamud Maalim.
Maalim said it had taken time, resources and effort to build Jubilee Party from scratch, bringing together about 14 different political outfits.
“The idea behind this move was to do away with ethnic-based politics; the politics that had bred hatred and division in our society. In Jubilee, we saw a national political vehicle that would unite Kenyans,” he said.
The Mandera Senator urged those who want to part ways with the party to do so “since it is their democratic right to do so”.
“But we will remain steadfast in Jubilee because we do not want to take Kenya back to archaic politics that is informed by tribalism and hate,” explained Mr Keynan.
The leaders said it was unfortunate that some politicians had congregated to fighting Dr Ruto rather than sell their agenda to Kenyans.
“Of what value are these anti-Ruto campaigns to citizens? Common-sense dictates that you criticise your competition through issues and development programmes, not petty attacks. Even with these fights, we assure Dr Ruto of our support,” said the Wajir South MP.
The Isiolo and Wajir Governors said Northern Kenya would continue rallying behind the Deputy President because you are there when we need you.
They added that leaders from the region would intensify their support for Jubilee Party ahead of 2022 election and ensure Ruto succeeds President Uhuru Kenyatta.
On his part, Duale, who is also the National Assembly Majority Leader, said he supported the on-going unity initiatives in the country, but called for a more inclusive plan that will involve all leaders.
“The handshake should not be a selective initiative if it means well to all Kenyans,” he added.
Ichung’wah said while they supported referendum, the process should not be aimed at creating positions and more seats for politicians but make lives for Kenyans better.
We are in Jubilee to stay because we strongly believe in the ideology of uniting and transforming Kenya that you sold to us in 2013.
The Deputy President asked members of the pastoral community to shun traditional practices that prevent children from going to school.
“We have modernised our education facilities, and extended tuition support to learners because we want to open up every corner of Kenya and promote equality in our society through education,” said Dr Ruto.
He asked the Opposition to go back to the drawing board, come up with a formidable political outfit with a national outlook, and then face Jubilee on issues and development.
“I can see they are losing it again, if they want to compete in 2022, I want to tell them Ruto is not a project. He is not a manifesto. He is not a development programme. Ruto is a name of an individual.”
The Deputy President officially opened Wajir East Volunteer Mix Day Secondary School and Jogbaru Girls Day Secondary School. He later commissioned Wajir County 1,000 Kilowatts power station in addition to the existing 1,800 kilowatts to stabilise power supply in the County.
He later addressed residents at Wajir Town Grounds.