By Simon Kerich
Deputy President (DP) William Ruto has asked police not to be selective in the application of the law following the cancellation of several of his public gatherings.
DP Ruto said it was the responsibility of the police to serve all Kenyans equally irrespective of ethnic, political, and social status in the society.
He said it was unfortunate that police were disrupting some meetings while allowing others to go on uninterrupted.
“It is unfortunate that police cordoned off the venues of Kakamega church functions last weekend while allowing others to go on uninterrupted,” said Dr Ruto.
The Jubilee Party Leader said the 2010 Constitution empowers police to be independent while discharging their duties, adding that it was wrong for the law enforcement officers to apply the law selectively.
The Deputy President made the remarks on Monday, October 12, 2020, at his Sugoi home in Uasin Gishu County where he hosted church leaders from 50 different denominations from Luo Nyanza.
“Let’s not turn Kenya into an Animal Farm, where all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. All Kenyans must be served equally irrespective of who is leaning to which direction politically. Law must be applied equally not selectively,” said Ruto
Meanwhile, Ruto urged Kenyans to discourage politics of tribalism, saying such ideas have no room ‘in this 21st century’.
He said it was time Kenyans embraced politics of peace, love and unity as part of the ongoing efforts to attaining a united country.
Dr Ruto urged leaders to take the lead in eliminating political and social barriers that divide Kenyans.
“We are determined to get rid of tribal politics that take us backward. We must end politics of division and hatred and focus on the development and unity of all Kenyans,” said Ruto.
He said the government will continue to serve all Kenyans irrespective of how they voted during the last General Election.
“What we are doing to all Kenyans is not a favour but a right for them. This is a government of all Kenyans,” said Ruto.
The Deputy President told the church leaders not to be bothered by some individuals who keep on criticizing those who visit their political leaders in any part of the country.
“You have a right to visit any leaders in any part of this country on matters of development. You have a right to consult me on any issue. No one should criticize you for visiting me on matters of spiritual or development because I am your servant,” said Ruto.
Ruto said that he remains steadfast in his quest to empower small-scale business owners across the country.
He said time was ripe for the country to change discussions from that of creating jobs for few individuals to that of empowering the majority of Kenyans.
“It’s time we change our discussion from that of the position of the prime minister to the empowerment of boda boda owners among other groups who hustle every day to get something to feed their families,” said Ruto.
He added: “We cannot continue planning, thinking, and talking about creating positions for few individuals. It’s time we focus our discussions on people who hustle every day with no jobs so that we can empower them economically.”
Ruto said Kenya is a God-fearing nation, saying no one should interfere with the freedom of worship.
He regretted that there was a trend of some individuals opposing Kenyans from attending church services as well as giving donations in the House of the Lord.
“It’s regrettable that Christians are now under siege. The church is under siege from our own government. The Jubilee administration should be the last to suppress church activities. We must not forget where we came from,” said Ruto.
Head of the delegation Reverend Calleb Olali, Supreme Archbishop Nomiya Faith Churches, urged politicians to tolerate one another.
“The Bible tells us that anyone who hates another person is a murderer. There is no peace without tolerance and there is no tolerance without accepting one another,” said Archbishop Olali.
Archbishop Olali said leaders should stop embracing divisive and politics based on hatred to achieve their selfish ends.
Present were Father John Pesa, Head of the Holy Ghost Coptic Church, Johannes Angela, ACK Bishop (Emeritus) Bondo, Rev Julius Amoke, God’s Everlasting Love Hera Church and former Amani National Congress (ANC) political strategist Eliud Owalo among others.