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Ruto: Cord lacks genuine direction to take the country

07 August 2016, 07:26 Dareel Eric

Nairobi - Deputy President Willian Ruto has warned electorates from Western Kenya from supporting Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) saying it lacks a genuine direction to take the country.

Ruto said disorganisation in Cord, to the point where principals do not know who among them will be the flag bearer in 2017 general elections is a clear indicator of a lack of direction by the coalition.

“We want to take the country’s politics to another level based on policies alone and not mere talk,” Ruto said.

He added, “Already we in Jubilee know that our president will be Uhuru Kenyatta and we have set straight our development record that we are campaigning on.”  

He spoke when he attended the pastors’ conference at the Pentecostal Assemblies of God church headquarters in Nyang’ori. 

The deputy president said the country has outlived eras where people were elected based on their tribal inclinations and asked the electorates to be careful in the next year.   

He challenged Cord principals to start giving out policies of their campaign for the next election, instead of engaging in demonstrations to solve minor issues.      

Ruto warned that if Cord does not put their house in order earlier and start campaigns based on policies, Jubilee will have an early Christmas to celebrate before the 2017 elections.

He urged them to unite and form a single party so that elections in the country be put on a different democratic scale.

“This time round, Jubilee will not only get 50+1 percent, but 70 percent of the required votes to win an election,” he said.   

He drummed support for the new Jubilee Party asking residents to join it because its aim is to unite the country that has been polarized and divided along tribal lines since independence.

“When we fought for independence, we did not fight as Luhyas, Kikuyus, Kalenjins or Luos. We fought for Kenya, which has since been divided. Jubilee wants to unite us so that we can have elections based on policies,” he said.  

Her added, “We are not creating Jubilee Party to win elections. If we wanted so, we would have used the same formula we used in 2013.”

He said the government will continue living up to their development plan for the country in core sectors like education, and health.

He lauded the good relationship that has existed between the national government and county government of Vihiga leading to many benefits.   

Ruto’s charm offensive visit of the region is on the backstroke of ODM party leader Raila Odinga’s recent week-long visit after leaders from the region protested of being sidelined.

Raila has further planned another tour of the region to woo back leaders who have become rebels in the party.

- MyNews24

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