Deputy President William Ruto (left) and Baringo senator Gideon Moi. FILE PHOTOSDeputy President William Ruto (left) and Baringo senator Gideon Moi. FILE PHOTOS
By PATRICK LANG’AT

A section of Baringo professionals based in Nairobi have criticised leaders in the Rift Valley that they said were hurting Deputy President William Ruto’s State House bid in 2022.

The group’s comments came just a day after the DP clashed with Kanu chairman and Baringo senator, Gideon Moi in Uasin Gishu during the burial of former nominated MP Mark Too.

“As Kalenjin, we only have one leader and that is the Deputy President. He is a national leader and we condemn any person disrespecting him in Baringo,” said Mr Wilson Kandie, the Baringo Business and Professionals Community chairman in Nairobi.

REBELLIOUS LEADERS

The Baringo group argued that if the community were to make any headway in the leadership of the country, they must respect Mr Ruto.

“Every leader in the Rift Valley should respect the DP. He is our sole leader,” said Mr Kandie.

Apart from senator Moi, other rebellious leaders who were accused of disrespecting the DP are Bomet governor Isaac Ruto of the Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) Kuresoi South MP Zakayo Cheruiyot, Johana Ng’eno of Emurua Dikirr, West Pokot senator John Lonyangapuo, and Kanu Secretary General Nick Salat.

During the funeral, Senator Moi told the DP that he should let President Uhuru Kenyatta ask for votes for his re-election, saying that he had made it untenable to support him because of his abrasive nature.

DIVIDING THE KALENJINS

“No one should ever tell me that I am dividing the Kalenjins,” Mr Moi said in an unusually long speech he made at the funeral, with almost half of it in Kalenjin.

“If you are truly a leader of the Kalenjins, and you see people not of your view, you sit down and talk with them. You don’t go abusing them.”

But the DP dismissed the senator as out to divide the Kalenjins.

“In 2013, I asked for those votes and we won. Leave President Kenyatta out of this. If you have a problem, you ask me. Where were you when we were forming the government, to lecture us now?” the DP rebutted.