Deputy President William Ruto has said the Opposition was panicking because of working with leaders from the Coastal region.
He said the Opposition went into a panic whenever he visits the coastal region.
He said it was ironical that the Opposition was talking of uniting the country yet at the same time was in the process of disciplining some Members of Parliament from the region for working with him.
Speaking in Voi Constituency on Monday in the company of Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja and more than 20 Members of Parliament from different political parties, the Deputy President said he will continue associating with all leaders of different backgrounds for the development of the country.
He asked why the Opposition was claiming to be building bridges of unity in the country while at the same time isolating and discriminating others.
At the same time, Mr Ruto asked the Opposition to stop pretending to be the ones spearheading the fight against corruption.
“The Constitution is clear; we have independent institutions charged with the fight against corruption, resources wastage and mismanagement,” he said.
He said if the leaders in the Opposition have no agenda for Kenya, then they need not to politicise the fight against corruption.
“Importantly, leaders should focus on discussing issues that would transform Kenya rather than wasting time talking about others,” he said.
Mr Ruto said together with President Uhuru Kenyatta, he was focused on the implementation of the Big Four Agenda.
“Our politics is development focused. Our main agenda is to empower all Kenyans economically. We are not like those other greedy politicians who waste their time to talk about others,” he said while addressing wananchi at Taita Taveta County during the launch of the Voi Modern Market.
The Deputy President was accompanied by among others Suleiman Dori (Msambweni), Ali wario (Bura), Hashaka Wario (Garsen), Owen Baya (Kilifi North), Senator Juma Wario (Tana River), Said Haribae (Galole), Senator Anuar Toitiptip (Lamu), Badi Twalib (Jomvu), Stanley Muthama (Lamu West) and Danson Mwashako (Wundanyi).
Others were Benjamin Tayari (Kinango) nominated Senator Christine Zawadi, Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga), Shariff Ali (Lamu East) Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Lydia Haika (Taita Taveta), Michel Kingi (Magarini) and Gertrude Mbeyu (Kilifi).
The leaders said despite threats from the Orange Democratic Movement, they would continue supporting the Coast Parliamentary Group Chairman Mr Dori.
Mr Mwashako said they are united as leaders from the region, and whatever direction their leader gives would be final.
“This time around, we are not playing blind politics. We will not just follow others. We will follow go where our people benefit,” he said.
He was supported by Taveta MP Naomi Shaaban who noted that the region will never be in the opposition.
“We know too well the price of being outside the government. That will not happen again. We are in the government and we are not ashamed of being associated with development,” she said.
On his part, Mr Dori said the region was united and interested in politics that will better the lives of people.
“We are after uniting. We must put aside our political differences and work towards development,” he noted, adding that the Coastal region’s support for Mr Ruto in 2022 is guaranteed.
Earlier, the Deputy President commissioned CT Scan Imaging Centre at the Moi (Voi) County Referral Hospital which he said will cut travels by patients to Mombasa, Nairobi and Tanzania for the critical service.
Moreover, Mr Ruto said the national government will partner with the county government for the erection of an Intensive Care Unit so as to bring healthcare closer to people.
“We will also assist in the expansion of the Kenya Medical Training College in Voi. Already, we have set aside Sh10 million for this work.”