Members of Parliament from Central Kenya have asked Deputy President William Ruto to continue pushing for more development in Kenya, observing that his work would elevate him to the top seat come 2022.
The lawmakers said Jubilee Party is not aware of any other presidential candidate other than Mr Ruto.
Speaking on Monday in Nyandarua where the Deputy President launched various development projects in the County, the leaders said Mr Ruto would not strain campaigning for the presidential seat in 2022.
“This is a done deal because Jubilee Party has only one presidential candidate of choice. I urge you (Mr Ruto) to focus on serving wananchi as you have been doing. Kenyans will appreciate your hard work in the next General Elections,” said Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya.
His sentiments were supported by MPs Jeremiah Kioni (Ndaragwa), Jayne Kihara (Naivasha), Faith Gitau (Women Rep, Nyandarua), Zachary Kwenya (Kinangop), David Kiaraho (Ol Kalou) and Michael Muchira (Ol Joro Orok) who said that the region would not allow itself to be left in political confusion.
“This time around, we would not suffer from underdevelopment by making political mistakes. We have taken a firm stand to follow the footsteps of our Jubilee leaders,” said Mr Kioni.
Other leaders who accompanied the Deputy President were Governor Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua), MPs Githua Wamacukuru (Kabete), James Gichuhi (Tetu) and Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira).
According to Governor Kimemia, the pace at which the country was undergoing transformation cannot be left in unfamiliar hands once President Uhuru Kenyatta leaves office in 2022.
In particular, he said, the Big Four agenda requires an ambitious, hardworking and development-focused leader like Mr Ruto.
While applauding the government for its hunger to empower Kenyans economically, Mr Gachagua said the country was growing weary of the harassment small businesses were going through in the hands of some authorities.
The Mathira MP noted that some laws were punitive, and only meant to punish the struggling mama mbogas, boda bodas, among others.
“Let us come up with legislations that would make such businesses to thrive. Let us not fight them for they are helping in creating employment opportunities to youths,” he said.
Earlier the Deputy President Commissioned the upgrading to bitumen standard and maintenance of the 55-kilometre Captain-Ndemi-Wanjohi-Kwa Matu-Geta-Kahuruko-Ndunyu Njeru road, a project, he noted, would take 42 months to complete.
Mr Ruto said the government was focused to modernising the country’s infrastructure in its bid to create a conducive environment for businesses to flourish.
“We are also aware of the water challenges facing Nyandarua County. This is a work in progress and in the near future, everyone would access clean drinking water,” Mr Ruto said.
Meanwhile, the Deputy President has urged MPs to pass the two-thirds gender Bill to give women room to power the country’s economy.
“We cannot leave others behind while engaging in the development discourse of our country. This, let us give our women an opportunity of leadership,” said Mr Ruto.