Old-style politicking of no benefit to Kenyans, Ruto says
- The DP said it is time for modern politics, characterised by policies.
- Regarding the 2022 presidential race, he said the winner will be a person who has helped change Kenyans' lives through development.
Deputy President (DP) William Ruto has once again asked leaders in Kenya to stop old-fashioned politicking, which he noted is of little benefit to Kenya.
The DP said it is time for modern politics, characterised by policies, as Kenyans will elect leaders who have improved their lives.
Mr Ruto spoke at Nyabiore in Bomachoge Borabu Constituency, Kisii County, during a funds drive on Saturday.
"President Uhuru Kenyatta and I agreed to unite the country. We do not want old-style politics which is often based on propaganda and division," he said.
The DP earlier spoke during a funds drive at Nyakoora Catholic Church in Kitutu Chache North Constituency.
At this venue, he lobbied for the two thirds gender rule bill, asking male legislators to ensure it is passed on Tuesday.
Mr Ruto presided over fundraisers in three constituencies in the region, functions at which he gave more than Sh5 million for the expansion of churches.
Regarding the 2022 presidential race, he said the winner will be a person who has helped change Kenyans' lives through development.
"Kenyans will not elect leaders depending on the lengths of their stories and empty promises. It will [simply] be about development policies," he said.
Mr Ruto once said he will continue supporting churches through harambees despite criticism and questions about his sources of wealth.
The DP described himself as an evangelist dedicated to spreading the gospel and supporting churches.
He also pointed out that he was raised by Christian parents.
At the functions he attends, Mr Ruto almost always delivers a bundle of crisp notes, well-arranged and into the hands of smiling members of the clergy.
It is a trend he has vehemently defended, arguing that “unlike God, who gave His son as a sacrifice, none of us is being asked to give more than we can".