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BY PSCU/NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,2ND JUNE 2018-Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday said contrary to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s remarks that he is loitering across the country, his numerous tours he has made in the country or continues to make is mainly aimed at inspecting development projects.
Speaking during the burial ceremony of Virginia Muturi – the late mother of National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi in Embu ,Ruto said he only ‘loiters’ commissioning development projects as directed by his boss, the president.
His sentiments came just three days after President who spoke on Wednesday accused Ruto publicly of loitering across the country in weekend politicking.
However to the surprise of many Uhuru told wanachi to be tell Ruto their problems when he is travelling around.
“Hii Kijana anaitwa Ruto unajua kila weekend anatangatanga kila pahali atakuwa anapitia hizi machoro choro mkiona kuna kitu inaenda kona kona mumwambie,” Uhuru said.
loosely translated to …..(This young man called Ruto, you know, loiters aimlessly everywhere. He will be passing through these alleys, if you see something wrong happening, tell him.)
The sentiments were received differently with others interpreting it to mean Jubilee party and especially the entire central kenya was not behind Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.
Ruto, in his response, said: “Mr President, it is time for you to tour the country and listen to the people on the ground…but as a result of the directive you gave me the other day that I should implement every weekend as I loiter around in remote areas, upcountry, counties and even backstreets, I will give a summary of findings”.
Ruto, in an attempt to show the worth his words, said he has engaged some contractors within Embu county whom he said were directed to either pull up their socks or be shown the door.
The DP further reaffirmed his commitment to the handshake citing the government’s renewed efforts to unite Kenyans and hold public servants to account.
“We must join hands and support unity and ensure that public officials are accountable. The unity of the country and the integrity of the government is the two major concerns that we are worried off,” Ruto said.
He said corruption is undermining unity of the nation and the progress of development asking all sector players, including judiciary and police, to join hands to effectively fight the vice.
“Public resources must be safeguarded through unity and integrity and the responsibility lies equally on all of us,” he said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, in his speech, however, insisted that it is his DP’s responsibility to check on any projects launched by the government.
He asked the deputy president to supervise works on a laboratory he pledged for Kanyumbora secondary school following the request of Embu leaders.
The President directed Education CS Amina Mohamed to ensure the laboratory, to be put up in memory of Muturi’s mother, is built within the shortest time.
“Na DP wakati anazururazurura hapa na pale atakagua huo mradi na alete repoti,” Uhuru said.
And the DP as he will be move around will inspect the project and give me a report on the same.