Ruto distances self from Gachagua’s shareholding remarks
President William Ruto has distanced himself from the shareholding remarks previously made by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.
The President, who spoke during his development tour in Nyanza said such remarks do not add value to the lives of Kenyans who are taxpayers.
"It is primitive and backward for anybody to imagine that any region of Kenya cannot get development on accounts of how they voted,” said Ruto, adding that such remarks are not right.
President Ruto said no one should be intimidated or threatened because of politics.
Ruto spoke on Friday while he led the commissioning of Ksh150 million Level Four hospital project at Urenga, Ugenya sub-county.
He added that every part of Kenya deserves development since they contribute taxes that run the government.
“This is your government and will ensure that every part of the country is not discriminated against on development because of political grounds. The debt we owe you (Kenyans) as the people you entrusted with offices is service delivery and for that to be achieved, it calls for us to work together and do projects and programs that will uplift your lives,” Ruto said.
“Si tulikubaliana ati mambo ya Siaya tulimaliza, na Gavana Orengo ako nasi hapa na Mjumbe David Ochieng pia tuko naye, sasa deni tuko nayo kwenu ni Maendeleo na inabidi sisi wote tuungane na tushirikiane na tutengeneze mamabo ambayo itabadilisha Maisha yenu.”
Orengo said the idea that allows the county government to work with the national government is spelt in the constitution and nobody should question him why he joined the President on development matters.
“The Constitution has put it clearly that county government must work with national government and the politics we are playing was allowed by the laws. Somebody should not ask me why am here," Orengo said.
“I equally support the many developments being done in Siaya and Nyanza at large. The existing poor infrastructure of Ugenya needs urgent attention,” Orengo said.
Orengo said politics should now be pegged on development and unity must thrive at all times.
“We are one Kenya, one nation and if you come from the ODM party you should not be victimized because it's one's right but am happy that President Ruto and many of his lieutenants were ODM members,” said Orengo.
“I am equally ODM ardent supporter and that is not wrong. I want the leaders once they resume their discussions in Parliament, they choose their words and make the right remarks. We must bring political hygiene into our politics."