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January 18, 2019

Don’t politicise corruption fight, says Ruto

Deputy president William Ruto addresses members of public at Kwale showground before an iftar dinner on June 10,2018.
Deputy president William Ruto addresses members of public at Kwale showground before an iftar dinner on June 10,2018.

The war on graft can only be dealt with if the three arms of government which is the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary work together in a bid to curb the menace, said deputy president William Ruto.

Ruto said that corruption has hampered development in the country and the only way to tackle it is through the formation of teamwork of the three arms of government.

Speaking on Sunday during Iftar dinner at Showground at Msambweni Constituency Kwale County, Ruto expressed concern for the three arms of government to join hands on the fight against corruption.

“The government is keen on war against graft and therefore need for the three arms of government to collaborate to intensify the fight on corruption in our country,” said Ruto.

The DP said that corruption issues need not to be instigated politically since it is a collective responsibility that involves all government officials.

At the same time, he appealed to political leaders to stop staging the whole issue of corruption by connecting it to some political divisions aligned to their political parties.

"People should desist from the culture of putting blame on someone presumed to be a corrupt person simply because you differ on political matters,”added Ruto.

On the other hand, Ruto said that the government is planning to start a program that will focus on school fees payment for the students learning in vocational training colleges in Kwale County as from September this year.

The students are set to benefit from a sh. 30,000 grant and another sh. 40,000 loan which intends to cover for their school fees to ease their learning process.

"The government will offer sh. 30,000 as grant to the ongoing students from the three polytechnics in the county to cater for their fees hence it is your duty as Kwale leaders to lobby more students to join the institutions,” said Ruto.

The Deputy President noted that the number of students in the polytechnics is worrying and therefore leaders need to talk to parents to take their children to the training colleges so as to attain a substantive number.

Ruto was accompanied by a number of coastal leaders who pledged to support him in the 2022 presidential candidature.

They included Governor Salim Mvurya of Kwale County, Senator Issa Boy (Kwale county), Senator Mohammed Faki (Mombasa County) and the law makers who are Suleiman Dori (Msambweni), Benjamin Tayari (Kinango), Owen Baya (Kilifi North) and Aisha Jumwa (Malindi).

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