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Kalenjin elders hit out at DP Ruto, Senator Moi over 'stubbornness'

Curtis Otieno
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Deputy President William Ruto. [Source/William Ruto/ Twitter]

A section of Kalenjin Elders has come to the rescue of the community at a time when it seems to be plunging deeper into political uncertainty.

The Myoot Council of Elders has called for calm in the ongoing hostility between Deputy President William Ruto and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi.

Both leaders are deemed to be eyeing the presidency in the approaching 2022 general polls, in what the leaders are now warning could disperse votes, denying the community the top seat.

Addressing the press led by former Myoot Chairman Major (Rtd) John Seii on Thursday, the elders bashed the two over alleged stubbornness, claiming the two have resisted all attempts to unite them.

“They are both our sons but they have decided not to listen to us. We have sought appointments through their personal aides and even approached them in public forums but all these efforts have proved futile," Seii was quoted by the Nation.

DP Ruto is openly keen on succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta and Senator Moi is attempting to make a breakthrough into the national politics.

But according to Seii, a union will be the best way though each leader has his own ideologies, arguing that it is only when united that the community will have a say in national politics going forward even if it losses out in 2022.

"Our objective is the unity of all Kalenjins ahead of the 2022 general elections. It will guarantee better bargaining power even if one of our own does not succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta," he added.

Both Ruto and Moi have since urged leaders to shelve the 2022 debate, arguing that they should concentrate on service delivery to the people in the meantime.

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