Deputy President William Ruto has said the Opposition is out to derail the Government’s development agenda.
He said the Opposition was now criticizing the Jubilee administration yet they were the ones who joined the Government and altered its priorities.
Dr Ruto said the Jubilee administration had the Big Four development agenda as its key priority which has since been overtaken by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI)
“You cannot come and lecture us when you are the ones who have brought this confusion,” he said.
Dr Ruto said Opposition leader Raila Odinga has openly said the priority of the country was constitutional changes and not development or fighting the corona pandemic.
Speaking today at the African Inland Church-Londiani in Kericho County, Dr Ruto asked the proponents of the BBI to finalise the process so as to give Government space to implement its development programmes.
The Deputy President said it was unfortunate that the Government was preoccupied with the constitution amendment at the expense of programmes that would uplift the lives of millions of Kenyans.
He was accompanied by Kericho County Governor Paul Chepkwony, Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter, MPs Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho), Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Nelson Koech (Belgut) Joseph Limo (Kipkelion East), Hillary Kosgei (Kipkelion West), Japhet Mutai (Bureti), Sylvanus Maritim (Ainamoi), Moses Cheboi (Kuresoi North), and Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu).
Others were Gideon Keter (nominated), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), Liza Chelule (Woman Rep, Nakuru), Joyce Korir (Woman Rep, Bomet), Cecily Mbarire (Nominated), Dominic Kosgei (Sotik), Johana Ng’eno (Emurua Dikirr), Florence Bore (Woman Rep, Kericho), Kipsengeret Koros (Sigowet-Soin), Gideon Koske Chepalungu) and former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto.
At the same time, Dr Ruto urged leaders to compete on the basis of issues and ideologies instead of negative ethnicity, incitement and violence.
The Deputy President said Kenyan were not interested in a leader’s tribe but their plans and policies that would make their lives better.
He said it was time the country focused on its immediate challenges, citing economic slump.
Mr Murkomen said the Opposition was responsible for the predicament the country is facing.
“The problems we have today have been brought about by the disruption of the Jubilee agenda by the handshake.”
Ms Korir said Kenyans will elect their leaders based on their capacity to transform the lives of Kenyans.
Mr Ngeno alleged that a section of leaders were misleading the President to abandon those who stood with him.
“Do not sacrifice your community and those of us who supported you,” he argued.
On his part, Mr Ichung’wa urged Kenyans to ignore leaders who still practise tribal politics.
The Kikuyu legislator said Kenyans should only support leaders with a vision to uplift their lives.
Mr Ngunjiri said schemes by Dr Ruto’s detractors aimed at inciting Kikuyus and Kalenjins will not succeed.
He said Kenyans were keen on the country’s unity.
“They are unable to compete with Dr Ruto and have now resorted to inciting Kikuyus and Kalenjins against each other,” he said.
Former Bomet Governor Ruto said he will work with Dr Ruto to pursue agendas that will transform the lives of Kenyans.
He urged Kenyans to unite against negative tribal politics that has been used to divide the country for far too long.