BY CORRESPONDENT,MOMBASA,22ND MAY 2018-Deputy President William Ruto has asked the members of county assemblies across the 47 counties to ensure they keep governor in check as far as spending public cash is concerned.
The deputy president who opened the Annual Legislative Summit at Pride Inn Hotel in Mombasa on Tuesday,Ruto said more funds had been allocated to the county governments and there was need for accountability so as to benefit mwanachi.
The DP also asked the county governments to work closely with the national government in ensuring that the Jubilee administration realized the big four agenda.
”The big four agenda is not a project of Jubilee government,but rather a plan to make every Kenyan regardless of their political affiliation to prosper not NASA or Jubilee affair”.
However Ruto did not commend on the ongoing debate on Constitutional amendments as he hit out at opposition leader Raila Odinga over the matter.
“I do not want to discuss that now but even when we will discuss that subject it cannot be a discussion about the politician only, it has to be about the people, those who do not have jobs, those with no food, those who want a road and health centres, it must be about them,” he added.
The DP hit out at those spearheading the agenda and asked them to be honest and sincere in their push for the referendum.
“It should not be about the politicians. It should about the people. Once we get to that discussion, we shall have to focus on the 45 million people and not us as politicians,” said Mr Ruto.
He made his remarks after he rejected the challenge from Senate Minority leader James Orengo who had asked him to stop attacking the character of the proponents of Constitutional change and instead attack the proposals.
“I know Mr Orengo is luring me to discuss the issue of reforms to the Constitution but I will not. There will be no discussion on that today,” Mr Ruto said when he officially opened the meeting.
In his remarks, Mr Orengo welcomed debate on the constitutional reforms and asked leaders to sober up and deal with the issues and not characters of their opponents.
In reference to Mr Ruto, who on Sunday dismissed Mr Odinga as a dictator and who was pushing for amendments to the Constitution to allocate himself a job, Mr Orengo pleaded that those who are pushing for reforms should be heard.
“Let’s not attack the person but the issue. Let us look at issues and we should not overrule them by looking at the person. Look at the message. Don’t attack an idea before you hear it out because this is part of what the constitution provides for,” he said.
On Monday members of parliament allied to Odinga’s ODM party told the DP off for criticising the ‘building bridges’ initiative between their leader and President Uhuru Kenyatta.They accused Mr Ruto of thriving in politics of lies, commotion, hate, and division.
On his part ,Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen said there was need for the country to engage in a manner that solution to the many challenges facing the country will be found.