Merge into one party if you’re to ri­val JP, Ruto tells op­po­si­tion

Says move will en­able Kenyans to get real choices based on ideas. ‘We want to bring Kenyans to­gether, ir­re­spec­tive of their re­li­gion, re­gion or tribe’

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - JAMES MBAKA @onchir­im­baka

Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto has chal­lenged the Cord af­fil­i­ate par­ties to merge and form a sin­gle party so they can face Ju­bilee at “an equal level”.

In a blunt at­tack on the op­po­si­tion, he said glar­ing cracks driven by per­sonal in­ter­ests stand in the way of a united op­po­si­tion ahead of next year’s polls.

“It is not easy to unite. It is no mean task. We know it is dif­fi­cult,” Ruto said dur­ing the Mashu­jaa Day cel­e­bra­tions in Machakos yes­ter­day.

Re­spond­ing to re­marks by Cord co-prin­ci­pal Kalonzo Musyoka, who said Cord has opted not to merge, the DP told the op­po­si­tion Kenyans will get real choices based on ideas if it formed one party.

“We will then com­pete at the same level. As things are to­day, we are at dif­fer­ent lev­els,” he said.

When in­vited to speak, Kalonzo said, “In Cord, we did not swal­low one one an­other like Ju­bilee did. We have in­de­pen­dent par­ties like Wiper, ODM and Ford Kenya.”

Bun­goma Sen­a­tor and Ford Kenya leader Moses We­tang’ula at­tended the cel­e­bra­tions but was not given an op­por­tu­nity to speak. Raila trav­elled to Lon­don for a political sum­mit.

Ruto said hav­ing many par­ties is a recipe for trib­al­ism and di­vi­sive pol­i­tics. He said the Ju­bilee Party will build a bridge of brother­hood and to­geth­er­ness.

“We want to lay a foun­da­tion for our pol­i­tics so we can bring Kenyans to­gether, ir­re­spec­tive of their re­li­gion, re­gion or tribe,” he said.

Ruto said the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion will con­tinue to fund the county gov­ern­ments as new cen­tres of op­por­tu­nity to spur eco­nomic growth at the grass­roots.

He said since de­vo­lu­tion was ush­ered in, about Sh1 tril­lion has been sent to the coun­ties, mak­ing the sys­tem a new fron­tier for de­vel­op­ment.

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Pres­i­dent Uhuru, First Lady Mar­garet Keny­atta, Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto and other state of­fi­cials dur­ing the Mashu­jaa Day cel­e­bra­tions in Machakos yes­ter­day

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