Deputy President (DP) William Ruto on Saturday took his campaign to the National Super Alliance’s (Nasa) perceived stronghold of Kakamega, asking residents to vote for the Jubilee Party in this year’s General Election.
Speaking in Malava, Mr Ruto challenged Nasa co-principals Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula to tell Kenyans what plans they have for the country if they assumed power. He wondered why, six months to the election, they are yet to decide who their presidential candidate will be.
“Imagine four men are undecided on who will be their leader until they have formed a committee on the matter. Will they be able to lead over 40 million Kenyans?” he asked.
He said the Opposition lacks a development agenda and has perfected the art of organising demonstrations.
The DP asked residents of Western Kenya to reject advances by the opposition, saying they have nothing to offer.
He challenged Nasa leaders to tell Kenyans what they did for the country when they held powerful positions in the governments of presidents Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki.
Mr Ruto said that in just three years, the Jubilee government has done a lot for Kenyans.
He said that in Kakamega alone, over 85,000 households have been connected to electricity, with most hospitals, among them Malava sub-county hospital, being equipped with modern machines.
“Ask them what they have done for this country during the many years they served in government. Let us elect credible leaders who can manage public resources,” he said.
Addressing residents at Sango Primary School in Likuyani, barely 30km from 64 Stadium in Eldoret town centre where Nasa was holding its rally, Mr Ruto said the Opposition is free to take its campaigns anywhere in Kenya, including Rift Valley.
He said leaders must be allowed to tour all parts of the country and sell their manifestos without interference.
The DP was accompanied by Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and his Energy counterpart Charles Keter. He said the government was committed to completing all development projects in the region, including tarmacking several roads.
“While the Jubilee administration is busy thinking of how to empower the youth and build technical colleges, the Opposition is planning how to change the Constitution to create more posts,” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by Mr Wamalwa.
“As we (Jubilee) are playing politics of empowerment, the Opposition is playing power politics,” he said.
Speaking at Isanjiro Primary School in Malava town centre, Mr Wamalwa said the government cannot amend the Constitution to create new positions, adding that leadership is about service and not positions.
He said the Opposition is taking a cue from Jubilee by folding to form one party called Nasa, adding that the move will not divide Kenyans on tribal lines.
“We are in politics to seek empowerment, not power,” he said.
The DP was in Kakamega to launch the Last Mile Connectivity Project. He said Sh1.1 billion has been set aside to light houses in the county.
During the tour, Malava Member of Parliament Malulu Injendi and his Mumias East counterpart Benjamin Washiali maintained they are in Jubilee to stay.