Reconcile Ruto with Raila, Kalenjin Elders Urge Uhuru

Just a day after leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto announced they will be holding parallel BBI rallies across the country, Kalenjin Council of Elders have come out to call on President Uhuru Kenyatta to unite the country.

Speaking on Monday at Kapenguria in West Pokot, the elders raised concerns over the manner in which the current BBI campaigns have divided the nation along two political factions.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) applauds as former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto shake hands during 16th annual Kenya National prayers breakfast at the Safari Park Hotel on May 31, 2018. Photo/File

The elders, led by their chairperson James Lukwo urged the president to intervene and bring his Deputy William Ruto and ODM party leader Raila Odinga together as one way of ensuring their camps speak in one voice.

The elders insisted it was their wish to see a united country for the sake of future generations.

“As Kalenjin Council of Elders, we can foresee a problem lying ahead because of these two groups still taking on each other. Why can’t the president intervene and bring them together so that they can speak in one voice during such BBI meetings?” posed Lukwo.

The elders urged the president (the boss) to convene an urgent meeting between Raila and Ruto adding that they were also ready to be invited for a consultative meeting involving fellow elders from the Luo and the Kikuyu communities.

“How will they build these bridges when the three leaders are busy pulling towards different directions?  We currently don’t have hope in this initiative if you, the president cannot chip in and bring the much-needed harmony” he added.

The elders assured their preparedness in ensuring that all the leaders speak in one voice as one way of getting rid of political talks which will divide Kenyans rather than uniting them.

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This comes at the time leaders allied to Ruto have announced the commencement of parallel BBI rallies across the country.

Speaking at the end of a two-day retreat at the Lake Naivasha Resort on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen stated that they will different rallies to strengthen the already existing ones.

He, however, maintained that their rallies will not collide with the already existing BBI meetings adding that leaders from across the board including President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy and Mr Odinga among others were invited to attend.

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