The Council of Governors Chairman Isaac Ruto and two United Republican Party (URP) Members of Parliament have been told to stop embarrassing the Deputy President William Ruto with their harsh public outbursts.
Former Roads Minister Franklin Bett told Governor Ruto, Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter, and his Kuresoi South counterpart Zakayo Cheruiyot to cease their public spats on the deputy president, saying their actions were unwittingly making members of the Kalenjin community “a laughing stock of other communities”.
“As members of the Kalenjin community, we are dismayed with the recent war of words between prominent URP leaders. The recent trading of insults and threats are disheartening and this should come to an end immediately,” Mr Bett said.
Bett likened the public spats pitting Governor Ruto, Mr Keter and Mr Cheruiyot against the deputy president as a game of children throwing rocks into a pool of water until frogs jump out in frustration that their game spells death to them.
Speaking to the Press in Kericho town, the former Bureti legislator, pleaded with the URP leaders to call for a truce before the situation deteriorates any further.
“We want our leaders to take a moment and pause and ask themselves where they want to take the community and what image they want to create for the nation,” Bett said.
He said the four leaders must, as a matter of urgency, sit down and resolve their differences for the sake of unity in URP, which is part of the Jubilee government.