President Uhuru Kenyatta made a thinly veiled confession on how he had lost his belief in his deputy William Ruto and close allies who the head of state had delegated to aid him to launch projects.
Kenyatta, while speaking in native Kikuyu at Kinangop, Nyandarua County on Friday, 31 January, declared that he had taken upon himself the mantle to launch and inspect projects, after finding out that most of them had stalled.
In a report aired by NTV on Friday, January 31, Kenyatta further declared that he would desist from sending anyone to launch projects on his behalf.
"There is a main road here that has no electricity, including those houses where we started. There's no electricity and no... I have refused, It won't go like that. We shall revisit. We will not keep sending people, I told them that I kept sending them, but they would come back with their stories, so now I'll be the one bringing mine, I will not send anyone.
"I'll come to see for myself, you give people respect but they throw mud at you, but no problem. And I keep telling them, whatever you do to get what belongs to you. If the public is not satisfied, you are cursed in their eyes, true or false?" Kenyatta lamented.
A report published by the Daily Nation on Saturday, February 1, added that Kenyatta while using inuendos, cheered the crowd by urging them not to believe in anyone coming in his name.
"I no longer trust anyone. Those I used to send to represent me and ensure that development projects are on the right track started behaving like hyenas and doing their own things to enrich themselves. Let no one cheat you from today. I no longer trust anyone.
"I have always told the leaders that we were elected to serve our people, not to politic, but they won't hear. I was shocked to find that most areas in Kinangop have no electricity yet your leader (Ruto-allied MP Kwenya Thuku) is moving across the county engaging in politics and insulting me. These people have been coming to tell me lies that they are working and all is well on the ground," Kenyatta disclosed.
During his tour of the region where he launched a Ksh 4 billion SME program and issued title deeds, Kenyatta was keen to avoid interacting with Ruto allied politicians.
Drama ensued minutes before one of Kenyatta's event commenced, as police confronted over 10 MCAs and two MPs allied to Ruto and chased them out of the function in Ol Kalou on January 31, after associating them with the tanga tanga action.
DP William Ruto has been traversing the country launching and re-launching projects, with reports at times claiming that some of the projects he launched were ghost projects.
On Sunday, September 22, 2019, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria had warned that projects were stalling in the Mount Kenya region and politicians from the area needed to act swiftly.
"We are working through our legislative structures and government agencies to solve that issue. We have a huge problem with finance and it is a chronic problem. The issue is the development and not the flagging. However, before people flag, they should ensure that the projects are funded," Kuria informed Kenyans.co.ke . Kuria asserted, despite DP William Ruto touring the area several times, flagging off several projects within the region.
Meru Governor, Kiraitu Murungi, also told the DP to his face that the region faced a slow implementation of projects. During the burial of Meru Senator Mithika Linturi's father in September 2019, Murungi informed the DP that none of the 130 projects launched by the Jubilee administration since 2013 have been completed.
On Thursday, January 2, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen lamented that DP had nor stipulated role within the constitution and all he could do was to launch projects.
"His office has not been mandated to carry out specific tasks up to date, he stated. What has the Cabinet since 2013 determined as the function of the deputy president?" he wondered.
"Before you tell us you want to create more positions, tell us what exactly is the defined responsibility of the deputy president under this constitution. The vice president under the old constitution used to chair Cabinet sub-committees. But since 2013, we have never heard of Ruto chairing any sub-committee," the senator articulated.
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