Mombasa County Governor Ali Hassan Joho tore into Deputy President William Ruto and his Tanga Tanga movement over early campaigns.
The flamboyant governor argued that it was not time to engage in politics but to work for Kenyans.
He spoke on Wednesday at the Treasury Square in Mombasa County during this year's Eid Baraza.
"It doesn't matter how fast you run, if you are meant to lose you will lose. So please go slow. We are timing you and when the time is right we will sweep you off your feet, " Governor Joho said.
Ruto has been moving around the country in a bid to bolster his 2022 presidential ambition, drawing criticism from ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Joho called on leaders from the political aisle to heed to President Uhuru's call for leaders to steer clear politics and work for Kenyans.
Governor Joho hailed the handshake between President Uhuru and Raila, saying that it had brought about political stability which augured well for economic development.
The Eid baraza was graced by Interior and Coordination of National Government Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang'i and a number of political leaders from across the country.