Deputy President William Ruto has said the Government will not be distracted by leaders out to derail its development agenda.
He regretted that the ongoing constitutional review had temporarily derailed the government’s agenda but assured the country “it will soon be over”.
Dr Ruto said the Jubilee administration has laid a firm development foundation that he intends to advance upon the retirement of President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
“We do not want to be distracted by diversionary forces. We want to focus on transforming our nation,” he said.
Dr Ruto said the Jubilee administration had a solid development agenda that was meant to better the standard of living of the ordinary people.
He spoke today at the African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa-Gatura in Gatanga, Murang’a County and later addressed residents at Gatura, Ndakaini, Ndunyu Chege and Mukarara markets.
Dr Ruto was accompanied by MPs Irungu Kang’ata (Murang’a), Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Alice Wahome (Kandara), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu), Moses Kuria (Gatundu North), James Gakuya (Embakasi North), George Murugara (Tharaka), Mohamed Ali (Nyali), Owen Baya (Kilifi North) and Isaac Mwaura (nominated).
The Deputy President said he will continue serving all Kenyans without discrimination.
He asked his detractors to give him space to execute his mandate as outlined in the Constitution.
“Those who have a problem with me performing my duties are people who were not elected like me.”
He asked leaders to preach unity and work together towards creating job opportunities and wealth for the millions of poor Kenyans.
“They must desist from engaging in tribal politics that risks dividing the country,” he added.
Mr Nyoro said they will not be dragged into BBI politics as they were focused on the implementation of the country’s development agenda.
He said: “The Hustler nation has a bigger agenda for this country, we have no time for BBI.”
Ms Wahome echoed Mr Nyoro’s sentiments, saying the hustler narrative has changed the national conversation from power and positions for leaders to the empowerment of ordinary Kenyans.
On his part, Mr Kang’ata said his decision to write to President Kenyatta the famous BBI letter was informed by the realisation that other urgent priorities needed to be addressed.
He cited the deteriorating state of agriculture in the region, a situation that has left many farmers poor.
“Can we think of things that will help our people?” he posed.
Mr Kuria asked the promoters of the BBI not to misuse state powers and undermine the rights of Kenyans.
Mr Ali questioned the strategy employed by proponents of BBI saying it was raising suspension.
“If it is a good thing, why don’t they give it to Kenyans to read and approve?” he asked.
Mr Gachagua asked opposition leaders to give President Kenyatta space to implement his development agenda and stop constantly bothering him about endorsements.
Mr Ichung’wa said it was unfortunate that a section of leaders in Mt Kenya is not ready for mature politics devoid of tribalism and ethnicity.
He said: “There are people who are uncomfortable with your (Dr Ruto) presence in the Mt Kenya region because they want to take the country back to the politics that is based on tribalism.”
Meanwhile, Mr Baya urged Kenyans to shun leaders who have resorted to tribal mobilisation to ascend to power.
He said: “Hustler brings together the country and not tribalism while the others are bringing tribes together.”