The Star (Nairobi)

18 April 2012

Kenya: You Are On Your Own, Ruto Tells URP Aspirants

Eldoret North MP says he will not favour or support any of the aspirants seeking to contest various seats in the Rift Valley during the next general election.

Ruto said yesterday that the candidates, especially those seeking to vie for the seats on the United Republic Party's ticket, must convince the public to elect them.

"I have no preferred or favoured candidate.The field is big and open and you are free to contest for any seat of your choice. The only preferred candidate will be the one to be elected by the people," said Ruto who was speaking during the prize giving day for schools his constituency.

Last week, a list of candidates purportedly favoured by Ruto to be nominated to run for various seats in Uasin Gishu was circulated in Eldoret but the URP presidential hopeful said he is only interested in a free and fair election for the country.

Ruto told some of the spirants who attended the ceremony to stop causing unnecessary political commotion and compete fairly.

"You should not cause commotion on the ground here because I have moved to seek another position," said Ruto.

Ruto assured the country that "Rift Valley will be the most peaceful area during the elections because communities have agreed to live together harmoniously".

"Eldoret is the best place to be now and during the elections", said Ruto adding that the area is extensively cosmopolitan than other parts of the country.

He said cycle of violence in Rift Valley during election years must come to end and that Kenyans will have the opportunity to elect the leaders they want.

"We have leaders who are always interested in empty talk and others who work for this country and it will be upon you to elect the leaders of your choice in a free and fair election," said Ruto during the function at the Eldoret Harambee School where he was with the Rift Valley Deputy PC Wanyama Musiambo.

Ruto said he was confident that the country would go through peaceful elections and urged all communities living in the region to uphold unity at all times.

Meanwhile Ruto has backed proposed reforms in the education sector saying the 8-4-4 education system is facing many challenges.

He said education stakeholders must, however, handle the reforms broadly so as to give the country a good education system to drive development.

"The education system should be sensitive to the needs of the country which can not hope to develop with an outdated education system,"said the former Higher Education minister.

Ruto says the country requires an education system that is accessible, affordable and of high quality to match the modern world.

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