Government won’t be distracted by referendum calls – DP


Deputy President William Ruto has said the Jubilee administration would not be distracted by the constant calls for a referendum.

He said the Government was steadfast in its programmes that would transform the lives of Kenyans.

Dr further warned leaders from engaging in fruitless politics, saying they risk being voted out in the 2022 polls.

“We won elections because we made a commitment to the people; we promised to better their lives,” he explained.

As a result, the pledge to provide better healthcare, education, infrastructure, among others, he argued, would not be derailed by the ongoing calls for the review of the constitution.

“We will not allow anyone or any political party to come in between Jubilee and its development plans for the country by introducing sideshows that are hollow,” added the Deputy President.

Speaking in Kirinyaga and Nyeri Counties on Sunday during various church services, Dr Ruto regretted that there were people known for their political theatrics and empty noises that were of no value to the people.

He was accompanied by Nyeri Governor Kahiga Mutahi, MPs Munene Wambugu (Kirinyaga Central), Gichimu Githinji (Gichugu), George Kariuki (Ndia), Kabinga Wachira (Mwea), Mary Wa Maua (Maragua), Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Faith Gitau (Nyandarua) and Purity Ngirici (Kirinyaga County).

Others were Jayne Kihara (Naivasha), Beatrice Nkatha (Tharaka Nithi), Michael Muchira (OlJororok), Benjamin Gathiru (Embakasi Central), Gichunge Kabeabea (Tigania East), Rahab Mukami (Nyeri), Mugambi Gichuki (Othaya) and Anthony Kiai (Mukurweini) and Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu).

The lawmakers, most of whom drawn from Mt Kenya, said they would back constitutional changes if they are aimed at bettering the lives of Kenyans.

They said they would shoot down any proposals that seek to create positions and revive political fortunes of some leaders.

Ms Ngirici said Kenyans had grown weary of leaders who are time after time looking for openings to enrich themselves.

She noted that the proposed review of the constitution should not be used as a platform to create jobs for politicians with no track-record in Kenya.

“Our problems as a country are not founded on our constitution. They are as a result of greed and selfishness,” said the Kirinyaga County Woman Representative.

Mr Gachagua said the country does not have a problem with the Building Bridges Initiative.

“Our issue with it is that it failed to involve the public from the start as it was an invite-only deliberation. But importantly, the Initiative is being forced down our throats. If it is good, why compel us to have it?” posed the Mathira MP.

Mr Nyoro added that if BBI was after creating positions for some people, then it should prioritise thousands of unemployed youths in the country.

Kikuyu MP said it was unfortunate that the country’s political problems had been misdiagnosed, and the wrong medication offered.

“If we want to change the constitution today, let President Uhuru Kenyatta and Dr Ruto champion it. We do not want to create five positions for five communities. What will happen to the remaining 38 tribes?” He asked.

The Mt Kenya leaders promised to rally Dr Ruto when he seeks to succeed President Kenyatta in 2022.

Nyeri Governor Kahiga Mutahi said Nyeri County will continue its collaboration with the national government to implement projects that benefit the people.

Ms Mukami said all Jubilee leaders are firmly behind the President and the Deputy President as they continue to work for the people.

The Right Reverend Joseph Kagunda of ACK Kariki Parish, Othaya said meaningful development can only happen through unity of purpose and in a climate of peace.

Rev Kagunda also asked politicians to stop politicizing donations to the church.

He said harambees to help churches will continue even if they were criticized.