Ruto Demands Harmony as Verbal Clashes Erupt within Kenya Kwanza

President William Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua (left) at the Akorino National Thanksgiving Prayer Conference in Nakuru County on June 9, 2024. Image: PCS

President William Ruto has appealed to figures in the Kenya Kwanza administration to cool the fiery rhetoric that has plagued his tenure of late.

During the Akorino Annual Prayer Conference held on Sunday, June 9, at Nakuru Boys High School, Ruto emphasized the need for national unity and called on leaders to set a sterling example.

“Tuungane, tushirikiane, tuweke amani sisi wote tuchangie katika kuhakikisha Kenya yetu ni Kenya moja (Let us unite, cooperate, and work on peace to ensure ours is a united Kenya). We aim for the pinnacle of prosperity for our nation,” he declared.

Ruto urged leaders, irrespective of tribe or ethnicity, to endeavor towards a cohesive nation for the collective benefit of its citizens.

“I implore my fellow leaders not to sow divisions among Kenyans. We must unify our people for enduring peace and growth,” he articulated.

This appeal follows several weeks of heated exchanges among Ruto’s key supporters.

Amid calls for regional unity within Mt Kenya, Gachagua has faced flak from some leaders accusing him of inciting tribalism.

Responding to these criticisms on Sunday, Gachagua clarified that his calls for unity in Mt Kenya aren’t meant to alienate any group.

“I have consistently championed peace. The unity we advocate aims at collective progress, not discord. Our vision is a unified Kenya founded on bottom-up principles,” stated Gachagua, also present at the Akorino conference.

Supporters of Gachagua’s call have rallied to his defense, stating there’s no fault in his plea for unity.

“Our government operates on bottom-up principles. From grassroots to national politics, everyone’s rooted in a village. How has Gachagua erred by focusing on his local base?” queried Maragua MP Mary Waithera.

She suggested that regional leaders opposing unity might be either bewildered or compromised.

“Those branding Gachagua a ‘villager’ for addressing local concerns possibly have ulterior motives and warrant scrutiny,” she proclaimed.

Waithera argued that forces stirring conflict within the region fear its voting power and seek disruption. She urged Gachagua to persist in rallying the community.

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