In Summary
  • Mr Ruto said his opponents should leave the corruption fight to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the Judiciary and other independent institutions.

  • The DP further criticised Mr Odinga, saying that if he were sincere about the Building Bridges Initiative, he would not undermine efforts to unite all Kenyans and ensure they benefit from the handshake.

  • Mr Ruto, who on Monday ended his five-day visit of the Coast, urged leaders to focus on issues that will transform Kenya rather than "waste their time" talking about him.

  • Ms Shaban said the region will "never" be in the opposition.

Deputy President William Ruto has hit out at opposition leader Raila Odinga and his brigade for claiming the handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta will help tackle corruption.

Speaking during a fundraiser at Mwambeta Pefa Church in Voi Constituency, Taita Taveta, on Monday, Mr Ruto said his opponents should leave the fight to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the Judiciary and other independent institutions.

PRETENSE

The deputy president (DP) noted that the Constitution is clear on who is mandated to fight corruption, agencies which he pointed out have competent officers.

“The independent institutions are mandated to deal with corrupt government officials - those who are wasting government resources - and take action,” he said.

Mr Ruto added that the anti-graft war should not be politicised.

“Don’t pretend you are the ones spearheading the fight against corruption. The constitution is very clear. Our duty as politicians is to plan for development,” he said, adding his critics have no agenda for the country.

He said that if every institution, including the Judiciary, does its work, the country will move forward.

BUILDING BRIDGES

The DP further criticised Mr Odinga, saying that if he were sincere about the Building Bridges Initiative, he would not undermine efforts to unite all Kenyans and ensure they benefit from the handshake.

“If their goal is to unite Kenyans, why are they bitter when I unite with coastal leaders for development for the Coast and Kenya at large?” he posed.

He said he will continue discharging his duties despite criticism, which he noted will not improve the lives of poor Kenyans yearning for development.

“I will not stop working on serious issues affecting Kenyans. Let them dwell on propaganda that will not take them anywhere,” he said.

“I will work with leaders who were elected by Kenyans. Kenyans made a choice last year and we all agreed to work together for development."

Mr Ruto, who on Monday ended his five-day visit of the Coast, urged leaders to focus on issues that will transform Kenya rather than "waste their time" talking about him.

He said he and the president are focused on the Big Four Agenda on universal healthcare, manufacturing, food security and affordable housing.

“Our politics is development-focused. Our main agenda is to empower all Kenyans economically. We are not like those other greedy politicians who waste their time talking about others,” he said in Voi town during the launch of the town's Modern Market.

He said as they endeavoured to boost the living standards of  Kenyans, their competitors “with their simple minds were discussing people”.

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