Kakamega, June 6, 17 – Deputy President William Ruto yesterday began a tour of Western Kenya urging voters to elect a team that was committed to changing their lives.
Mr Ruto told the Luhya community to differentiate between leaders committed to transforming their lives and those who use them as a ladder to achieve their selfish ends.
Addressing rallies in Lumakanda, Matugu, Navakholo and Chepterwai in Kakamega and Nandi Counties respectively, the Deputy President urged voters in the region to elect Jubilee leaders who have agenda for the region.
He was accompanied by MPs David Were (Matungu) Ben Shinali, (Ikholomani), Ababu Namwamba (Budalangi), Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East) and a host of jubilee aspirants.
The MPs accused the Nasa led by it’s presidential candidate Raila Odinga of being behind the woes of Mumias Sugar company.
They said Mr Odinga personally did business which did not benefit the company while one of his key funders ran the factory down.
Others were Jubilee aspirants Stanley Livondo and Mabel Muruli among others.
“In August 8, Kenyans will have a choice of choosing between Jubilee leaders who are focused on the transformative agenda and those in Opposition who are good at spreading lies and propaganda,” said Mr Ruto.
Enumerating achievements in the last four and half years, Mr Ruto said the Opposition will pull back the gains achieved by the Jubilee Administration.
He said Jubilee had scrapped examination fees for pupils in primary and secondary school in addition to providing more funds to secondary schools.
Mr Ruto said the Government will offer free secondary education from January next year as it had planned.
He also announced that fertilizer prices will drop to Sh1,200 from Sh1,800 starting the next planting season.
The Opposition, he argued, had run out of ideas and had now resorted to copying policies of the Jubilee administration.
He said the Government in less than five years has connected electricity to 75,000 households up from 27,000 households in 2013 while the number of elderly persons benefitting from the Cash Transfer Programme has tripled to 25,000 in Kakamega County.
The Deputy President said the Government has done a lot in terms of development projects in the sectors of energy, education, health and infrastructure with the aim of addressing unemployment and poverty reduction.
He urged Kenyans not to listen to empty rhetoric that are not beneficial to changing their lives from the Opposition.
Mr Ruto said Kenyans were tired of endless politics of propaganda and falsehoods and are ready to embrace Jubilee Party whose leadership is based on issues and their interests.
“We are concentrating on issue based politics while our colleagues in the Opposition are engaging in politics of tribalism and hatred that are meant to jeopardize national unity,” said Mr Ruto.
The Deputy President said Jubilee would reduce the cost of fertilizer in December this year to ease the burden of farmers accessing the commodity during the next planting season.
“As a measure to increasing production, we are addressing the cost of production by reducing the cost of essential commodities like fertilizes and seeds.
Mr Ruto said since the Jubilee Government came to office in 2013, the Jubilee Government has never imported maize. It only imported this year because of the ravaging drought in the region.
He said action would be taken against millers who hoard maize for profit when Kenyans face shortage of the commodity.
Western leaders vowed not to be used by Opposition parties to advance their selfish agenda.
They said the National Super Alliance (Nasa) was a well-crafted plan to deny the community leadership.
The MPs said former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has been misleading the Luhya community to push his selfish agenda without addressing the problems facing it.
“Those in Nasa have lied to the Luhya community. Nasa will not be on the ballot paper, because the Opposition’s candidate is a member of ODM,” said Mr Shinali.
Mr Livondo, a candidate for Kakamega senatorial seat mocked Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi describing him as a houseboy who pretends to be the owner of his master’s house.
Mr Washiali said Mr Mudavadi had deserted the luhyia by abdicating his leadership and allowing Mr odinga to lord over them.
Washiali accused the Opposition leaders of criticizing Jubilee development projects and yet they have nothing to show in terms of development when they served in the previous regimes.
He said Nasa has the solution to problem facing the sugar shortage in the country if it takes action against former Mumias Sugar Managing Director Evans Kidero whom he accused of mismanaging resources at the factory leading to its collapse.
“Mr Odinga knows who made Mumias Sugar Factory to collapse. Instead of accusing Jubilee over the current shortage of sugar in the country, he should ask Mr Kidero to take responsibility for the mess at the factory,” said Mr Washiali.
The leaders said there was no time to engage in petty politics as Western Kenya leaders wanted to support Jubilee, which was committed to development.
‘We want the government to develop this area; we are tired of mere politicking. This is why we are firmly behind the Government,” said Mr Washiali.
“We have resolved to work together with Jubilee Government not because of our gains but for the sake of our people,’ he added.
The leaders said time for mere politicking is over and it is now time to join hands with the government of the day and work for the benefit of the people.
The leaders expressed confidence that Jubilee will form the next government and has the commitment to unify the nation for a common purpose of nation building.