Kuresoi MP blasts Ruto for failing to advise the President
Kuresoi South MP Zakayo Cheruiyot has expressed shock over Deputy President William Ruto admission that President Uhuru Kenyatta was misadvised in making some appointments that contravened the law. The legislator said as the President’s principal assistant, Ruto was supposed to be in the forefront in advising the president.
He wondered whether Ruto was consulted before Uhuru announced the recent appointments of Parastatal heads that have since seen the revocation of Abduba Dida as chairman of the CDF board. “The president principal assistant went on a live television talk show and admitted that the president was misled in making some appointment that contravened the law leaving many wondering what he was doing before the president made the blunder,” Cheruiyot said.
The former powerful Permanent Secretary for Internal Security in President Daniel Arap Moi’s regime reminded Uhuru and Ruto that Kenyans expected them to lead the country through wisdom. “Tunaambia Uhuru na Ruto waongoze kwa mpango (We are telling Uhuri and Ruto to lead the county through wisdom)” Cheruiyot said.
Speaking at Kapkitony village in Bureti constituency, Kericho County during the funeral service of his sister, the late Elizabeth Tonui, the Kuresoi South MP said he was among the first politicians who in the run up to the last election supported the formation of the Jubilee Alliance. “I was among the first politicians from Rift Valley to come out to support the unity of Uhuru and Ruto when they first came together to form Jubilee Alliance. I contributed my money and other resources and also went around the country vigorously campaigning for it,” Cheruiyot said.
He told politicians who might attempt to push him out of URP for the harsh criticism of the Jubilee government that their effort would fail. “If you think that you can manage to push me out of the Jubilee Alliance, you are fooling yourself since you will be the first to fall by the wayside,” Cheruiyot said.
In apparent reference to a South Rift leaders meeting that the Ruto hosted in his Sugoi home in Uasin Gishu, the legislator at the same time told Uhuru and Ruto to cease hosting delegations whose mission was only to “spread gossip and propaganda”. “If the Jubilee leaders do not end the love of hosting delegations out to undermine elected leaders, they are going to create problems. What we want is for Uhuru and Ruto to work for Kenyans, not to entertain petty politics,” Cheruiyot said.
He at the same time seemed to back the outspoken Nandi Hills Member of Parliament Alfred Keter who has been in the forefront claiming that the URP wing was getting a raw deal from TNA. “Ruto was recently quoted saying that government appointments are not a reserve of only two tribes in the country but if that is the case; why is one tribe getting the lion share?” Cheruiyot wondered.
The Council of Governors Chairman, Isaac Ruto who was also present at the function also expressed concern that URP appears to be getting a raw deal from its partner. “Whereas other Internally Displaced Persons have since been compensated and resettled, some former Mau forest evictees are yet to be resettled. We are told URP is part of the Jubilee government but if that is the case; we should see and enjoy more its benefits,” Ruto said.
He added that alongside the Kuresoi South legislator they were among the first architects of Jubilee Alliance and they would not be silenced from making their demands to the government. “Some people are going around telling us to go soft on the government, but after a government is formed, it should settle down to work for the citizenry and based on its performance, voters can decide to vote for it again or not in the next election,” Ruto said. Kuresoi South legislator also threw his weight behind governors renewed calls for more resources to be allocated to the counties and their demands that they take over roads construction function.
“As Members of Parliament we fully support devolution and want to see more resources allocated to the counties to enable them revive facilities such as cattle dips. Governors should also be allowed to take over the responsibility of constructing roads,” Cheruiyot said. The Council of Governors Chairman, wondered why there was a fuss over county governments failure to spend Sh 27 billion yet the national government could not account for Sh24 billion.
“At least the counties have not spent the Sh 27 billion being talked about which is better than the report that the national government cannot account for almost the same amount which is very wrong,” Ruto said.
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