BLAME GAME

Key Rift Valley water projects sabotaged by politics — Ruto

He referred to the stalled multi-billion-shilling water projects including Itare and Bosto in Bomet

In Summary
  • Ruto’s team has previously blamed Uhuru for the failure of Arror and Kimwarer dams which were rocked by mega scandals. 
  • He said his government will set Sh100 billion towards the creation of employment opportunities for jobless youth in the country.

Deputy President William Ruto has said Rift Valley was set to benefit from the Jubilee administration but the projects were sabotaged after the handshake.

Speaking at Kedowa in Kericho, the DP cited the stalled multi-billion-shilling water projects which include Itare and Bosto in Bomet.

“Even though President Uhuru Kenyatta is retiring,  I will ensure all these projects are completed,” he said.

“Our  number one priority next year will be the projects that we had set in our manifesto when we came to power in 2013 and those others anchored in the Big 4 agenda but were not realized.”

Ruto’s team has previously blamed Uhuru’s team for the failure of Arror and Kimwarer dams, which were rocked by mega scandals. 

While blaming ODM leader Raila Odinga for distracting the Jubilee agenda off course, Ruto said his entry through the backdoor led to the introduction of new priorities, killing those already planned for implementation.

He said his government will set aside Sh100 billion towards the creation of employment opportunities for jobless youth in the country.

Ruto drummed up support for his UDA party saying it was a national party founded on the unity of purpose and inclusivity to eliminate ethnicity and challenged other leaders to emulate it.

“Pouring cold water on the glamour for constitutional change as agitated by some leaders through the BBI as a way of creating unity in the country and ending tribal wars was not the solution,” he said.

“You cannot achieve inclusivity by changing the Constitution and creating two or three positions, you can only realize it by building a national political party where all communities, can feel at home.”

He said it is only in a national party that you can form a government that has everyone represented.

The DP, who is on a tour of Rift Valley, which is his base, will be in Nandi on Wednesday.

He was accompanied by several politicians from the UDA party.

Edited by Kiilu Damaris

Deputy President William Ruto.
Deputy President William Ruto.
Image: Felix Kipkemoi