President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday told off his deputy William Ruto and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi at the funeral of former MP Mark Too.
Addressing mourners after an evidently tense clash between Gideon Moi and DP Ruto, President Kenyatta called on the two leaders to bury their differences and work together to ensure the unity of the region ahead of 2017 elections.
“Mark Too used to be a person who was always out to unite people and we too should follow suit and embrace each other,” said President Kenyatta.
“Mr Too would have wanted the differences between DP Ruto and Gideon Moi to end. We should focus on resolving our differences and working together for the sake of the country.”
Just before Uhuru’s address, Deputy President William Ruto had hit out at Gideon Moi for meddling in Jubilee affairs saying he should stop trying to divide Rift Valley.
“In 2013 when we were hunting for votes in Rift Valley, these leaders who are now saying you should deal with them were not there,” said Ruto in direct reference to Gideon Moi, whose Kanu party supported Musalia Mudavadi in 2013.
“The same tactics we used in 2013 will be applied in 2017 to ensure you win the votes of Rift Valley, and I will help you get that.”
In his speech at the funeral, Senator Gideon Moi had reiterated his call to President Uhuru Kenyatta to deal directly with the Kalenjin community and avoid using his deputy William Ruto.
Gideon Moi has been at the forefront in trying to unseat DP Ruto as Rift Valley’s kingpin by leading a revolt against the deputy president.
Moi has in several occasions said that though he would support President Kenyatta’s reelection bid, he does not support DP Ruto.
The KANU chair said that Ruto has let the region down by failing to push for development in Rift Valley.