President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he trusts DP Ruto
President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP Ruto during a tour of Bomet on Saturday, December 10, 2016. [Photo/PSCU]

President Uhuru Kenyatta has moved to quell calls among Jubilee leaders in Rift Valley for him to drop Deputy President William.

Speaking during a tour of Kericho on Friday, Uhuru Kenyatta said that he trusted DP Ruto and would stick with him.

“I stand by our agreement of 2013, that I run for two terms then support DP Ruto’s presidential bid,” said President Uhuru Kenyatta.

There has been discontent among leaders in Rift Valley over William Ruto’s influence in the region.

Baringo Senator and Kanu leader Gideon Moi is among the leaders who have called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to deal with the region directly.

Gideon Moi, in a past address, said that DP Ruto had lost touch with the people on the ground and did not represent their interests.

Divisions in Rift Valley began after the deputy president championed the folding of all Jubilee-affiliated parties and formation of one party.

DP Ruto’s United Republican Party (URP) and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s The National Alliance (TNA) are among the parties that dissolved.

Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter are some of the leaders that were opposed to the idea.

Governor Ruto has since formed his own party (Mashinani Party) while Keter has said he would run for reelection as an independent candidate.

The deputy president has also been perceived to be mum on the interest of the people with leaders claiming the Rift Valley region has been neglected in terms of development and government appointments.

Majority of the Rift Valley leaders were angered by DP William Ruto’s apparent silence when the then Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru replaced Kiplimo Rugut with Nelson Githinji as the Director General of the National Youth Service (NYS).

There have also been claims that while President Uhuru Kenyatta has been initiating development projects in Central Kenya, Ruto’s Rift Valley region has been left unattended with no efforts to improve the status of the region.

Uhuru Kenyatta’s pronouncement on Friday is seen as a move to unify the region behind DP Ruto amid growing interest by Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) to pull key leaders from the region into the Opposition.

In the past one month, CORD leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka and Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi have made inroads in the region and held joint rallies with Governor Isaac Ruto and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi in what is seen as a move to lure them into a yet-to-be-formed National Super Alliance (Nasa).