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Ruto hits out at leaders opposed to Nyumba Kumi initiative

Friday, November 29, 2013

Deputy President William Ruto has hit out at leaders opposed to the Government’s launched Nyumba Kumi initiative in the fight against crime in the country.

The Deputy President gave notice to criminals terrorizing wananchi in any part of the country to either surrender or face the full force of the law.

‘We are giving notice to criminals terrorizing residents in any part of this country that their days are numbered. It will not be business as usual for them because the measures we have put in place will make them regret why they are in this business,’ said Mr. Ruto.

Mr. Ruto said the Government will not be distracted by people complaining about Nyumba Kumi initiative, saying Kenyans must know their neighbors in the war against crime.

The Deputy President wondered why some leaders were politicizing matters pertaining to security without giving solutions to the fight against crime.

‘I wonder why some leaders are politicizing matters of security which are even contained in the constitution. Nyumba Kumi initiative is an opportunity for every Kenyan to know his/her neighbor and this should not be politicized,’ said Mr. Ruto.

‘Those criticizing the Nyumba Kumi initiative are people who do not know what they are talking about. This is a programme that is unstoppable in the war against crime,’ added the Deputy President.

He assured of Governments’ commitment in ensuring a conducive environment for both local and foreign investors to do their business without any fear.

‘We want to assure Kenyans and investors that the Jubilee administration is committed and has  plans to ensure a conducive environment for everybody to do business in this great nation,’ he said.

The Deputy President made the remarks at the Gatundu grounds in Kiambu County on Wednesday after he officially opened Gatundu town market which was constructed under the stimulus programme at a cost of Sh312million.

He said all security officers will be vetted with a view to weeding out the few elements who have joined hands with criminals to terrorize wananchi.

‘The Government is carrying out vetting exercise of all police officers so that we can get rid of the few ones who are undermining efforts to restore peace in this country. It is clear that majority of these officers are committed to serving Kenyans and we appreciate their work,’ he said.

He said plans were underway to give allowances to police officers at the end of next month so as to boost their morale in the war against crime.

The Deputy President at the same time issued stern warning to civil servants who engage in corruption that they will be dealt with accordingly.

He said civil servants charged with the responsibility of serving

Kenyans should ensure they desist from any form of corruption, saying the vice will not be tolerated.

‘Any public servant who is not prepared to walk the narrow path must be prepared to go home,’

‘ Public officers are paid and they should serve Kenyans effectively without asking for bribes noting that Kenyans have paid for their services.

He once again reiterated the Government’s commitment to ensuring many Kenyans get access to electricity by reducing the connection fee from Sh 100,00 to current Sh 35,000.

Mr. Ruto said farmers, traders, women will now have an opportunity to sell their farm produce in the newly opened market and thus help them improve their living standards.

He said women and youth groups should take advantage of  Sh 6billion Uwezo Fund and engage in income generating activities, saying the money is interest free.

He said the money will be handled by a committee comprising MPs, women leaders and County Representatives in every constituency.

Mr. Ruto said the market will greatly help farmers and traders in the county.

Mr. Ruto thanked Kenyans for their continued prayers to the Jubilee leaders, saying he was optimistic that they will sail through in the cases facing them at the ICC.

At least 20 MPs drawn from both the National Assembly and Senate accompanied the Deputy President.

Kiambu Governor William Kabogo, County Commissioner Esther Maina and Senator Kimani Wamatangi were present.

Others were MPs Joseph Ngugi (Gatundu South),  Yusuf Chanzu (Vihiga), Alice Nganga (Thika Town),  Kiambu women representative Ann Nyakabi among other leaders were also present.

Governor Kabogo urged residents in the area to stop engaging in politics and instead support elected leaders on matters of development.

Mr. Wamatangi said Kenyans will not trust the ICC noting that the court gives on changing every time as far as cases facing the Kenyan leaders is concerned.

‘It is surprising that even after our leaders resolved to co-operate with the court, it (ICC) is still being unfair to our leaders,’ said Mr. Wamatangi.

He told the former prime minister to keep off the work of the Jubilee Government which was committed to solving the challenges facing the country.

‘We want to say enough is enough to accusations of this Government by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Mr. Odinga should leave us alone to implement what we had promised the people during the last campaigns instead of criticizing us,’ he said.

Molo MP Jacob Macharia urged his fellow legislators to stop undermining the work of the senate saying institutions which were created under the constitution should be respected.

Speaker after speaker criticized the move to have the Kenyan President and his Deputy face charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the expense of serving the people who elected them.

Mr. Chanzu wondered why some leaders were engaging in mere politicking and yet elections are over.

‘Leaders should stop engaging in mere politicking and give the elected leaders the opportunity to serve the people who elected them,’ ‘Kenyans decided it is President Uhuru and his Deputy Ruto who should

lead this country. Why are some leaders still engaging in politics?,’asked Mr. Chanzu.

Thika town MP Alice Nganga hit out at CORD leadership for claiming that the title deeds which were issued by the Jubilee Government in Coast province are fake.

‘ In fact CORD under the leadership of Raila Odinga should be the last people to talk about title deeds because they did not issue even one during his tenure as Prime Minister and yet James Orengo was Lands Minister for five years. They should leave us alone,’ said Nganga.

The Deputy President also addressed wananchi in Juja town on his way to Nairobi where he called on leaders to forget their political differences and forge a common development agenda for the sake of peace and stability.

Mr. Ruto said time for politics is over and leaders should concentrate on implementing what they promised the people during the campaigns period.


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