NAIROBI– The State will partner with religious institutions to combat hatred, tribalism and division among Kenyans with the aim of uniting the country, Deputy President William Ruto has said.

The Deputy President said the move will ensure a peaceful and united country where Kenyans will concentrate on development.

Speaking at the Anglican Church of Kenya diocese of Eldoret in Kipkaren, Ruto said the church has a role to play in ensuring the lives of Kenyans is transformed.

He said: We will partner with religious institution in dealing with hatred, tribalism and division so that we can unite in building the nation.

The Deputy President said political leaders had taken the first step towards uniting Kenyans by ensuring Kenyans are no longer divided along political party lines.

Ruto asked religious leaders to continue praying for the country to achieve its goals of uniting Kenyans and developing the Country.

He was accompanied by Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter, MPs Janet Sitienei (Turbo), John Waluke (Sirisia), Sylvanus Osoro (South Mugirago), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Julius Meli (Tinderet), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), Malulu Injendi (Malava) and Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno.

Leaders who spoke expressed confidence in the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr Ruto.

Osoro said despite being a member of the National Super Alliance (NASA) he has decided to work with the Government pledging his support for Ruto.

He said: We have seen our leader (Raila) has joined forces with Jubilee. I have decided as a NASA MP I will support Mr Ruto.

Waluke said the Jubilee administration has initiated more development projects compared to previous administrations.

He said: The work President Kenyatta and his deputy Ruto have done in the last four years is more that what has been done by previous governments in the last 50 years.

Waluke’s sentiments were echoed by Chemno who said the Jubilee administration has connected electricity to more households in the last four years than those connected in the last 50 years.

Gachagua said Kenyans especially Jubilee supporters will back Ruto’s 2022 bid because of his leadership qualities and not because he supported President Kenyatta.

He said: We are not supporting because you supported President Kenyatta. We are supporting you because you have what it takes to lead this country.

Injendi said he chose to vie in Jubilee Party despite being in a predominantly NASA zone because he had confidence in its track record.