Deputy President William Ruto has urged leaders drawn from his Rift Valley backyard to observe political calm, discouraging them from divisive politicking.

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Speaking on Friday, the DP noted that some leaders drawn from North Rift region have been engaging in negative politicking, which he said is a hindrance to development.

Speaking when he launched a laboratory at the Kapenguria High School in West Pokot, Ruto noted that politicking is an insult on Kenyans who are expecting development.

He added that leaders should also respect each other.

“Let us not go against the will of the voters who elected your leaders. We should respect each other in their own capacity," said Ruto as quoted by the Standard.

He urged area leaders to accept and embrace each other and work in unison, calling upon the elected ones to cease overlooking the 2017 poll losers.

Ruto added that the government has also been keen to ensure that all leaders secure state slots, urging the leaders to shun ethnic politicking.

“In 2017 people vied for different positions. Others failed but they have managed to secure different positions in the government. It’s time to focus on development and shun politics that aims to divide communities along ethnic lines," he added.