Deputy President William Ruto has prevailed upon the leadership of this country to compete on the platform of issues, programmes and development track-record.
Ruto said it was time they desisted from engaging in stale political tactics of threats and coercion.
“Instilling fear in leaders will not make better the lives of ordinary Kenyans. Instead, we must come up with programmes that will empower them,” he noted.
The DP spoke on Tuesday when he welcomed 15 MCAs from Kitui to the Hustler nation.
The second in command called out the use of intimidation, terming it a perishable and an art used by despots and dictators.
He urged leaders to go beyond the temporary waves of political slogans and institute long-term approaches that will change Kenya.
“Do not be shortchanged with pleasantries; let leaders share their roadmaps to fighting poverty in the country,” he explained.
He challenged the Opposition to explain to the people how their trickle-down economic approach will transform Kenya.
Ruto insisted that the only valid way to take Kenya back to the growth path is through the bottom-up, middle-out economic model.
“Economic revolution will start from the bottom. It is this revolution that will get us out of poverty and the huge debts that we suffer from.”
Leaders present at the meeting were MPs Nimrod Mbai (Kitui East), Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town), Gichunge Kabeabea (Tigania East), John Mutunga (Tigania West), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), John Lodepe (Turkana Central) and Daniel Nanok (Turkana West).
Others were former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar among others.
Ruto’s atturances come on the backdrop of President Uhuru Kenyatta meeting opposition leaders at State House Mombasa.
Kenyatta met with ODM leader Raila Odinga and One Kenya Alliance leaders (Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula).
There have also existed speculations that Uhuru is strategizing and aligning his team in preparation for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) ruling later this month.