- President Kenyatta said that if all Kenyans pulled in the direction of peace and unity, the country would realise its development aspirations.
- President Kenyatta and Dr Ruto in Kiambu called for Kenyans to promote peace and unity.
Deputy President William Ruto on Sunday moved to stop an implosion in the ruling Jubilee Party over his 2022 State House bid, even as he dismissed claims of divisions in the party and insisted he is fully supportive of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He asked his troops to tone down on their rhetoric, and dismissed talks of division in the party he hopes to use to ascend to office after his boss’s exit in three years.
Dr Ruto has been a subject of debate within and outside Jubilee Party, with a ‘Stop Ruto’ faction led by former Jubilee interim vice-chairman David Murathe - which wants him blocked from contesting the 2022 election - saying he had served as a joint pair with the President.
Mr Murathe has also threatened a mass walkout from Jubilee to form a ‘different formation’ without Dr Ruto.
On the other side, Dr Ruto is facing a barrage of accusations from Mr Raila Odinga’s ODM party, which has accused him of a plot to sabotage the March 9 Kenyatta-Odinga handshake, claims he has denied.
Dr Ruto called his troops to order, asking all Jubilee members to “respect the President”.
“I ask those interfering with the affairs of the party to keep off. As a matter of fact, there is no contest in Jubilee, and only those with parochial beliefs are advancing this position.
"There is only one leader in Jubilee. Any other person outside that framework is a liar,” Dr Ruto told congregants at Joy Celebrations Centre in Naivasha, Nakuru County.
Earlier, he had attended another church function with President Kenyatta at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Parish-Ridgeways in Kiambu, where the two called for Kenyans to promote peace and unity.
President Kenyatta said that if all Kenyans pulled in the direction of peace and unity, the country would realise its development aspirations.
“Where people sow hatred, you shall sow love. Where people sow division, you shall sow unity because at the end of the day that is what shall ensure we take our country forward,” he said.
The special mass conducted by John Cardinal Njue, the Archbishop of Nairobi, also marked the official inauguration of the parish.