Ruto calls for dialogue between Senators and MPs

DPPS

Deputy President William Ruto has called for dialogue between the National Assembly and the Senate in a bid to resolve the counties’ revenue allocation stalemate.

Mr Ruto said there was no need for the Senate to take the matter to court, yet it could be solved amicably through dialogue.

Speaking during a tour of development projects in Tharaka Nithi County on Saturday, Dr Ruto said consultation and cooperation are key to resolving issues pertaining to the revenue allocation as enshrined in the Constitution.

“I want to persuade them (National Assembly and Senate) to work together by engaging in discussions, engagements and cooperation with various arms of the government as enshrined in our Constitution in solving the issue of revenue allocation. There is no need to resort to mechanisms that can bring conflict,” said Dr Ruto.

He added: “It’s not necessary to take drastic steps like going to court because the move will only benefit lawyers. Let us sit down and come up with amicable solution to the problem.”

Present were Senate deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki, MPs Gitonga Murugara (Tharaka), Beatrice Nkatha (Women Rep, Kareke Mbiuki (Maara), Tharaka Nithi), Antony Kiai (Mukurweini), James Kaguya (Embakasi North), John Wambugu (Kirinyaga Central), Mpuri Aburi (EALA) and Jane Kihara (Naivasha).

Others were Patrick Munene (Chuka Igambangombe), Mithika Linturi (Senator, Meru), Faith Gitau (Women Rep, Nyandarua), Josephat Kabebea (Tigania East), Halima Mucheke (nominated) and deputy governor Nyamu Kagwima (Tharaka Nithi).

The Deputy President said leaders should appreciate that revenue allocation should be based on the resources available.

He said there was need to strike a balance over the matter by working together to attain an amicable solution.

The lawmakers led by Prof Kindiki, Mr Linturi and Mr Mbiuki dismissed proposals that a loser in the presidential elections should automatically become a prime minister.

Mr Kindiki said Kenya was a democratic country that is being guided by the Constitution especially on issues of elections.

“There is no way someone who has lost a presidential election can form the same government with the winner. That’s like taking this country to one party state where there was no Opposition to engage in checks and balances of the government,” said Mr Kindiki.

“What we know is that the winner in the presidential election forms the government and the losers get their place in the Opposition,” added Mr Kindiki

The MPs dismissed calls for a referendum to create the position of prime minister, saying they will not support any change of the Constitution that aims to create positions for some individuals.

The Legislators from Tharaka Nithi and Meru Counties particularly took issue with sentiments by former head of Public Service Ambassador Francis Muthaura that the person who takes position two in a presidential contest automatically becomes the prime minister.

“The sentiments expressed by Amb Muthaura are personal and not in any way represent the views of the people of Meru and Tharaka Nithi. In any case, what’s the meaning of having elections when number two in a presidential election becomes the prime minister instead of opposition leader?’ asked Mr Mbiuki.

The leaders vowed to guard Jubilee against attempts by outsiders to create division and confusion among its members.

“The handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga should not be used to undermine Jubilee’s unity that started in 2013,” said Mrs Kihara.

Mr Linturi said time was ripe for the top Jubilee leadership to call for a meeting to restore the unity that is being threatened by some people who are being misused by outsiders to cause confusion and division among its members.

“We are partners and shareholders of this party. We have a right to call for a meeting to discuss on emerging issues that threaten the unity of our party,” said Mr Linturi.

The legislators said they would rally behind the leadership of the Deputy President for the presidency in 2022.

“There is no difference between the people of Tharaka, Meru and Central Kenya. We are one and support for Dr Ruto for presidency in 2022 is still intact. Even President Kenyatta has not rescinded his decision to support the Deputy President when his term comes to an end in 2022,” said Mr Aburi.

The Deputy President, at the same time, said the Government has set aside Sh 8 billion in this financial year for capitation at the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET).

He urged youths to embrace courses offered at the TVET institutions in order to acquire skills needed for the country to achieve Vision 2030.

During the tour of the county, the Deputy President opened the Marimanti, Tharaka training institute and Kamaguna secondary school before presiding over the Mukothima education fundraising and thanksgiving ceremony.