Former Internal Security Assistant Minister, Stephen Tarus, launched scathing attacks against the Deputy President ,William Ruto, accusing him of contributing to the Rift Valley region's woes.
Speaking on Friday, October 15, during Raila Odinga's Azimio la Umoja Rift Valley tour, Ambassador Tarus stated the people of Rift Valley have long been oppressed.
Tarus, who served as Kenya's High Commissioner to Australia between 2009 and 2012 during former President Mwai Kibaki's government, accused DP Ruto of killing the region's economy.Retired President Mwai Kibaki with ODM leader Raila Odinga
"First of all, I would like to thank the right Honorable Prime Minister for finding this rare opportunity to meet the oppressed people of Rift Valley," he stated.
He maintained that DP Ruto has killed the region's economy by refusing to pay farmers and taking money from cereals.
"I am stating the oppressed people, without fear, without doubt, because when you kill a people's economy, you have only one interest, to oppress them. When you refuse to pay farmers and you take all the money from cereals, you have only one objective; to kill them," he asserted.
He further faulted the DP for selectively appointing people in government and destroying careers of great men and women in the region such as former Minister of Agriculture Dr. Sally Kosgei, former parliamentarian, and Kenya's High Commissioner to South Africa, among other leaders.
"When you selectively appoint people in government and destroy careers of great men and women, and I have in mind people like Sally Kosgei who is supposed to be serving in government as at now," he stated.
He termed DP Ruto's party as one that attracts eaters expressing his confidence in Odinga's party as one that reforms.
"That is a party if you check carefully; why is it only attracting eaters? People whom when they go to any ministry they only eat, they don't develop, and here you see where the right honorable Prime Minister, it is only attracting reformers," he added.
On his part, ODM boss Raila noted that the region is rich in natural resources promising that he would factor in the region's interest by solving its challenges if elected president.
He further stated that Kenya could accelerate its economic dream twice as the grand coalition government had anticipated.
"If Vietnam can come with a shattered economy fighting for over 40 years and attain a growth of 15%, Kenya can do it," he stated.ODM leader Raila Odinga on a voter registration campaign in Kamukunji, Nairobi on October 13, 2021Raila Odinga Twitterkilled fight
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