President-elect William Ruto has assured Kenyans that security agents in the country will not be used to spy on the public, adding that there will be no more tapping of phone calls or spying on social media accounts.
Speaking at his Karen residence on Wednesday, August 17, Ruto noted that his administration will not blackmail or intimidate Kenyans despite their political affiliations.
He further urged Kenyans to feel free to communicate with each other and have conversations freely without fear of being gagged or victimised over their stance or ideologies.President-Elect William Ruto leaving Bomas of Kenya on August 15, 2022.New York Times
"Every Kenyan can go back to their phones and use their normal phones because blackmail, intimidation and threats have come to a stop. Everyone can speak to anyone and nobody is going to victimize them. We live in a democratic country and that is how it should be," Ruto stated.
"I want to promise that our administration will have nothing to do with the blackmail we have to see and the fear that has been sold around the country that you can't talk to this or that person because of your political affiliations."
He stated that his administration will also enable Cabinet Secretaries to answer questions in the National Assembly in order for them to be accountable.
"We are going to amend Standing Orders to make it possible for Cabinet Secretaries to answer questions on the floor of Parliament. It is not enough for them to go to parliamentary committees," president-elect Ruto stated.
He also emphasized that civil servants will not be used or partake in conducting business for politicians and cautioned that the public servants have a lot to deliver.
"Political business will be carried out by political actors. Political parties must organise themselves, members of the provincial administration and public servants will not be available to carry out political work for any political party."
"This is the only way to govern. We want them to remain independent and work for all Kenyans in spite of their affiliations. They should serve Kenyans equally."
The president-elect stated that his administration does not have the luxury of time, and it needs all hands on deck.
Ruto challenged elected leaders under Kenya Kwanza alliance to get down to business and deliver on the manifestos they had promised Kenyans during the campaign period.
"All those elected under Kenya Kwanza, I want to tell you that the leadership we have won bestows on us authority. But this comes with a lot of responsibilities and the people of Kenya expect us to be accountable.
"As we celebrate this moment, we must also ensure we deliver on our promises and commitments. The expectations of people are huge and we don't have time to waste. We need all hands on deck. After going through all the processes, we will soon settle on working," he stated.Deputy President-elect William Ruto giving his speech after being declared the winner of the August 9 presidential polls at Bomas of Kenya on August 15, 2022Kenyans.co.ke
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