I am not working with Raila Odinga, Isaac Ruto says

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Bomet County Governor Isaac Ruto has dismissed allegations by some of his critics that he was working with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to undermine the Jubilee government in his resolve to call for a referendum to devolve more funds and functions to the counties.

Mr Ruto at the same time stated that he had no ambitions of becoming deputy president to any of the candidates interested in the institution of the presidency in the next general election as alleged by a section of leaders.

“It is only that the Cord party leader Raila is championing for the full implementation of devolution just as is my case but this does not mean that am fighting President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto regime”, he noted.

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The Governor added: “The move by the governors to push for a referendum to increase revenue allocation to the counties is not a Jubilee or Cord agenda but rather the desire of the rural poor regardless of their political affiliations”.

“ I want to put the records straight that I will be defending my Bomet gubernatorial seat come next election and not any other docket”, he pointed out.

“It is important for President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto to understand that some of the key government officers are working against the spirit of devolution that the Jubilee government promised the voters during the campaign trail .The voters are very concerned about the new development of events,” he said.

The governor added that it was time for leaders to understand that Kenyans wanted change in the way that the government is managed.

Mr Ruto was speaking at Umoja children’s home in Bomet Central division during the institution’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

He presented assorted food stuff worth Sh100,000 and cash Sh100,000 to the institution’s manager Mr Joseph Chepkwony.

EMPTY PROMISES

Mr Ruto who is the chair of the council of governors said what his team was campaigning for is the fulfilment of promises by the Jubilee government that it will increase revenue allocation to the counties in the next fiscal year be backed by law.

He regretted that the Central government had made promises in the past and later reneged saying legal backing would end this.

He challenged the Jubilee government to have legislation on the matter put in place if it was honest in its promise to increase the allocations to the counties.

The governor at the same time wants the Central government to transfer school infrastructure both for primary and secondary schools to the counties.

Most of the schools buildings, he regretted, were dilapidated and it would be better to devolve the functions to the counties.-nation.co.ke

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