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Former Assistant Minister asks Kenyans to ‘stop thinking that all Kalenjins are thieves’ in Raila event

By , People Daily Digital
Saturday, October 16th, 2021 00:01 | < 1 min read
Former Internal Security Assistant Minister, Stephen Tarus and ODM leader Raila Odinga. PHOTO/COURTESY

Former Internal Security Assistant Minister, Stephen Tarus has asked Kenyans to ‘stop thinking that all Kalenjins are thieves’ during Raila Odinga's Azimio la Umoja Rift Valley tour.

A visibly agitated Tarus took to the podium and urged Kenyans not to imagine that every Kalenjin is out to steal from the government coffers.

Tarus said he could not imagine Kalenjins cannot run government institutions like every other Kenyan because of the notion that they are out to steal.

“We ask the people of Kenya not to imagine that we are such bad people, not to imagine that every Kalenjin you put in office is there to steal,” Tarus said.

Tarus further questioned who blocked President Uhuru Kenyatta from visiting the Rift Valley region just like Raila did and be able to listen to those who voted for him.

“We don’t know who blocked the president from visiting the region because our roads are in poor condition, is it a sin to elect a president and talk to him? Is it a sin to visit the president? Tarus posed.

Tarus further expressed his confidence in Odinga's ODM party as one that is focused on reforms.

“Other parties are only attracting eaters, people whom when they go to any ministry only eat, they don't develop, and here you see where the right honourable Prime Minister, it is only attracting reformers," Tarus added.

Despite being an assistant minister, Tarus has also served as Kenya's High Commissioner to Australia in the year 2009 and 2012 during former President Mwai Kibaki's government.

In his 2022 promises for the region, Raila promised to breathe life to defunct industries and factories that used to control the economy of the vast Rift Valley region.