Deputy President William Ruto has asked civil servants to use public resources prudently. He also called on Kenyans to be vigilant in the fight against corruption, wastage and pilferage of government revenues.
Speaking during a thanks giving ceremony for the newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum Mr Charles Keter at Kabianga Boys High School in Kericho recently, Mr Ruto asked all Kenyans to stand firm in fighting the vice.
The Deputy President observed that all Kenyans had role to play in this effort, noting that they must ensure all government revenues including collections from taxes, donor funds and investments are used for their intended purpose. “We as Kenyans must stand on one side and ensure that no government revenue is misused. We must all agree to be together and fight this vice until we eliminate it,” said Mr Ruto.
“Corruption is done by civil servants in collaboration with private citizens. This is where we need efforts by all Kenyans in fighting the vice.”
The Deputy President at the same time asked Kenyans to join hands in rejecting tribalism, warning the twin vices of tribalism and corruption had the potential to decimate the nation.
He called on Kenyans to embrace values and norms that are acceptable to the society. “There is a very big difference between tradition, culture and tribalism. What we are rejecting in Kenya is tribalism. The President and I have vowed we shall do whatever it takes to end tribalism in Kenya,”
Mr Ruto called on Kenyans not to discriminate others on the basis of their tribe, adding no Kenyan ethnic group is in the county by default. He said there are here by God’s design.
The Deputy President noted that Jubilee affiliate parties were uniting not because of winning an election but to unite the country. “We are committed to uniting all Kenyans since we are already in government. Any leader worthy their salt must be capable of running politics not on tribe, religion or race but on an agenda that unite Kenyans.”
He announced that the Government would pay Sh550 million that was lost by dairy farmers in the Kenya Cooperative Creameries, adding that farmers will be given milk cooling plants to expand on the alternative sources of income in the villages.
The DP who also spoke on security lauded leaders from the two communities that were involved in recent skirmishes in Narok County for ending tribal animosities in Olpusimor area.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Gen (rtd) Joseph Nkaissery regretted what transpired in Narok and called on Kenyans to observe peace, saying he will diligently uphold the Constitution which protects Kenyans and their properties.
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri said Mt Kenya residents are good at repaying debts, adding they will not forsake their friends in the Rift Valley.
“I assure our brothers in the Rift Valley that we shall repay this debt by voting for Mr Ruto in 2022,” he assured.
Senate Majority Leader Kindiki Kithure told those who want to lead to allow to be led, adding it is not just an earthly principle it is also ‘biblical.’
He said Jubilee is firm, united and committed to transforming the country.
Prof Kindiki asked Kenyans to continue praying for the collapse of the cases facing Deputy President and Joshua Sang at the ICC. He said: ‘2016 we should see the spectacular collapse of the cases.’
“As Kenyans, we are asking the ICC to let Ruto and Sang free. The ICC case against Ruto and Sang is the biggest threat to the security and stability of our nation. We will fight you to the end to ensure the case collapses,” he added.
National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said Jubilee had a strategy in 2016 of uniting all Kenyans and that they will not gamble with lives of Kenyans.
“In 2017, our party is Jubilee Party and our candidate is Uhuru Kenyatta with Ruto as running mate. In 2022 we shall have Ruto as President and I urge the people of the Rift Valley avoid gambling with their future by doubting this strategy.”
“You have seen the fruits of this government even more than you got during Moi’s regime. What Ruto and Uhuru have given to the people of Kenya is unprecedented in the history of Kenya,” he added.
Duale asked Interior CS to tame hate speech mongers, saying they can ignite a fire that can consume the nation with their utterances.
Elgeyo/Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen noted that jubilee affiliate parties were being collapsed into a formidable political machine that will unite all Kenyans. “We know even with the current coalition, we shall win the next elections but we have a higher calling of uniting all Kenyans and hence the formation of the Jubilee Party,” he pointed out.
Murkomen called on those aspiring to leadership positions to be humble and accept to be led saying one cannot expect to lead when they do not recognise the leadership of others.
Senator Murkomen similarly expressed confidence that the cases facing the Deputy President and Joshua Sang at the Hague will end in 2016. This, he noted will let him concentrate on building the country together with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa and his Gatundu South counterpart Moses Kuria reaffirmed the commitment of the people of central Kenya to unity of all Kenyans.
They disabused the notion that members of the Kikuyu community cannot support anyone else to be elected to the country’s Presidency saying come 2022 they will mobilise their people to in vote Uhuru Kenyatta’s deputy as president.
Those present at the event included Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett (Agriculture), Prof Wilfred Lesan (Senator, Bomett) Peter ole Mositet Kajiado), Martha Wangari (Nakuru) and Governors Paul Chepkwony (Kericho), William Kabogo (Kiambu) and Tunai (Kajiado).
Others were Benjamin Lagat (MP, Ainamoi), Joseph Limo (Kipkelion East), Justice Kemei(Soin/Sigowet), Leanard Sang (Buret), Paul Bii (Chepalungu), Sammy Koech (Konoin), Moses Cheboi (Kuresoi), Jackson Kiptanui (Keiyo South),William Cheptumo (Baringo North), Kangogo Bowen (Marakwet East),William Kisang(Marakwet West), Moses Lessonet (Ravine), Cornelly Serem (Aldai), Julius Melly (Tinderet), Elijah Busienei (Turbo) and Julius Bett (Kesses).