Ruto's Message to Mt Kenya on His First Tour of Region After Winning Polls

  • President-elect William Ruto in Githunguri, Kiambu County together with Kenya Kwanza elected leaders on August 21, 2022.
    President-elect William Ruto in Githunguri, Kiambu County together with Kenya Kwanza elected leaders on August 21, 2022.
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  • President-elect William Ruto made his first visit to Mt. Kenya after he was declared winner in the just concluded election with a bag of promises to the vote-rich region.

    Ruto chose Kiambu County as his first stage to thank Kenyans, especially from the region rallying behind him at 80 per cent more than his own home County, Uasin Gishu.

    During the thanksgiving ceremony, Ruto said his first job in office after being sworn in will be to set aside Ksh50 billion to complete all stalled projects.

    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, 2022
    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, 2022
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    This he said, would be a continuation on what the outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta had started even as his government fashions new projects to propel the country into new chapter of development.

    "It will be our priority to finish all stalled projects that President Uhuru Kenyatta tried to implement and I will set aside Ksh50 billion for the job. This will range from electricity and road projects," Ruto stated.

    Deputy President-elect Rigathi Gachagua who organised the function, reminded his boss that the region had been neglected by the outgoing regime, (which Ruto was part of) and  was right about time that Kenya Kwanza government gave them their rightful share of his administration.

    Known for his religious standing, Dr. Ruto likened Kiambu County to Jerusalem which features prominently in the Hebrew Bible. In the Jewish tradition, it is the place where Abraham, the first Patriarch of Judaism, nearly sacrificed his son Isaac thousands of years ago.

    In this case, Ruto noted that the people of Kiambu shunned divisive politics of ethnicity and tribalism to embrace him as their own son who was best fit to take Kenya to the next chapter of development.

    "If Kenya was to give shares, then majority would have come to Kiambu because it is here where we got majority of votes. If there was Jerusalem in Kenya, then Kiambu could have been the one. I got more votes here more than my own county home, Uasin Gishu County."

    He was accompanied by a number of politicians including the outgoing Migori County Governor Okoth Obado and Kandara MP Alice Wahome. The leaders who took to the podium chided President Kenyatta for standing with their opponents, a subject Ruto steered clear of.

    Ruto assured Uhuru that he would have a respected place in his administration as a retired president and would make a continuation of a vision they both shared when they first took power in 2013.

    "I thank Uhuru Kenyatta for his contribution for bringing Kenya this far, I assure him that he will have his shared opportunity as retired president. I will build on what we tried to do together and what we did not achieve, we will work on it."

    President-elect William Ruto in Githunguri, Kiambu County together with Kenya Kwanza elected leaders on August 21, 2022.
    President-elect William Ruto in Githunguri, Kiambu County together with Kenya Kwanza elected leaders on August 21, 2022.
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