Raila calls for national dialogue,Ruto says dialogue due 2017
NAROK, Kenya, May 31 – The Government has told off the Opposition over the governance of the country.
Deputy President William Ruto said the Jubilee administration does not need any support from the Opposition in the management of the country.
Speaking at the Moi Naikarra secondary school in Narok County, Ruto said the Government was firmly in charge of the affairs of the country and told CORD to play its rightful role of the Opposition instead of engaging in empty politicking.
The Deputy President told the critics of the Government to limit time spent on competitive politics and allow the Jubilee administration to concentrate on development.
He said the Opposition should stop preaching politics round the clock and wait for the next elections.
‘We want to make it clear to the Opposition that we only have one Government at the moment. Election issues are over and there will be no election until 2017. It is sad that some leaders are embracing all-time politics at the expense of development,” said Ruto.
The Deputy President said it is the responsibility of leaders to take Kenya to the next level by implementing what they promised Kenyans during the last elections.
MPs drawn from Senate and National Assembly among them Narok Senator Stephen ole Ntutu, Katoo ole Metito (Chief Whip), Emurua Dikirri MP Johana Ngeno, Samburu East MP Robert Lelit, Korein Lomein (Narok South), Patrick ole Ntutu (MP Narok West), Soiban Tuiya (Women Representative) and Narok Governor Samuel Tunai accompanied him.
Ruto hit out at a section of Opposition leaders over their calls for a national dialogue conference on how to govern the country, saying the Government does not need any assistance from them on the management of the country.
“We have not asked them help in running the Government,” said Ruto.
He said Kenyans were competent to know who is better and which plan is more superior on matters pertaining to development, noting that days for empty rhetoric were over.
“As much as we respect the opposition leaders in what they say, they should also respect us in our plans to take this country to the next level,” said Ruto.
“In fact those who criticize us have been in government for many years and they have nothing to offer. In short they have nothing to tell us,” said Ruto.
The Deputy President told the opposition to stop wasting their energies on unnecessary rallies in the name of mass action inciting Kenyans against the Government and instead prepare adequately to face them come the next General election.
“We want to tell our competitors that we are ready to face them in the next election but we are not ready for negotiations on how to run the Government. Hapana (No way),” said Ruto.
The Deputy President said if the opposition had issues with the government, they should present them through Parliament, saying they should not pretend that they can offer any help to the Government in implementing its development agenda.
“Let them know that we are not going to accept another quarrelsome arrangement. They should concentrate on what they were elected to do and stop pretending that they can help us implement our agendas,” he said.
“We will defend their right to say whatever they want to say but should respect our resolve to develop this country,” added Ruto.
The Deputy President at the same time said assured Kenyans that the Government will serve them without bias.
He maintained that no Kenyan will be discriminated on religious, tribal or political grounds, noting that it was the duty of Government to serve its people equally irrespective of how they voted during the last General election.
“We are clear on where we want to take this great country. Kenya belongs to the future and not the past,” said Ruto.
On security, the Deputy President said more than 2,000 police vehicles will be purchased during the next financial year to help security personnel respond to the security needs of the people.
Ruto wondered why the CORD leaders were criticizing the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) over the manner in which it handled the last elections.
“IEBC was just a referee during the last election and if the Opposition leaders have any issues they should deal with the Jubilee administration and not IEBC,” said Ruto.
The MPs accused the opposition of planning rallies to incite Kenyans against the Government, adding that time for politics was over.
Metito said Kenyans are tired of leaders who engaged in politics even after the last election at the expense of development.
“It is time leaders concentrate on ways of solving the challenges facing Kenyans instead of engaging in endless politicking. The opposition should give Jubilee administration time to deliver and meet at the ballot come 2027,” said Metito.