Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed calls by some leaders to have the Constitution changed ahead of the 2022 elections, saying it was now time for development.
Mr. Ruto told leaders to focus their energies on service delivery to Kenyans instead of engaging in activities that have no direct impact on the lives of the people.
Addressing wananchi in Sibiliwet Stadium in Bomet County after launching the construction work on the Teganda- Ndarawet- Isaik road, on Saturday, Mr. Ruto said the country was subjected to a long electioneering period last year and that it was time to focus on development.
“As leaders, we should be fair to the people of Kenya who campaigned and voted for us by serving them. It’s not time for us to go round talking about changing the Constitution to create some positions and attain our selfish interests at the expense of service delivery,” said Mr. Ruto.
“Kenyans want roads, hospitals, and schools to be built. They want how millions of jobs can be created for them, they want decent houses but not engaging in politics from Sunday to Sunday, January to December or from one year to the other,” added Mr. Ruto.
Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter, Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso, MPs Ronald Tonui (Bomet Central), Beatrice Kones (Bomet East), Ali Wario (Bura), Andrew Langat (Bomet), Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), Joyce Korir (Women Rep), Gideon Kosgei (Chepalungu), Dominic Kosgei (Sotik), Brighton Yegon (Konoin) were present.
The Deputy President particularly asked Jubilee leaders to take the lead in ensuring that the Government’s development agenda was implemented.
“Leaders, especially, those elected in Jubilee Party should know that we have a manifesto that needs to be implemented as we promised the people during the last campaigns. This is why we have no room for politics as we must deliver on our agenda,” said Mr. Ruto.
He said leaders should demonstrate their commitments in ensuring that the Government’s focus on food security, affordable housing, access to healthcare and manufacturing were implemented to improve the people’s lives.
The MPs said people of Rift Valley would rally behind the leadership of Mr. Ruto when he takes over from President Uhuru Kenyatta when his term comes to an end in 2022.
“We want Kenyans to know that we only have one leader who will take over from President Kenyatta in 2022 and that’s none other than William Ruto, “said Ms. Korir.
“Those undermining the leadership of the Deputy President will have themselves to blame as voters will eject them through the ballot come 2022,” added Ms. Korir.
Governor Laboso said the community was firmly behind the Jubilee Administration under the leadership of President Kenyatta and Mr Ruto.
Mrs Laboso said leaders in Bomet were now working together unlike in the recent past when they were divided on party’s backgrounds.
The Deputy President, at the same time, said the Government was committed to the protection of forests across the country.
“We believe in safeguarding our environment by looking after the forests or water catchment areas,” said Mr. Ruto.
The Deputy President said the Government will involve communities through the Community Forest Associations in conserving the forests.
“We are using communities to protect forests. Our stand is to ensure we conserve forests and that there is no enmity between the people and the forests,” said Mr. Ruto.
He said the Government will plant 60 million trees in the next one year across the country.