In Summary
  • Amid rising voices from the Kieleweke grouping, made up of politicians whose main bone of contention has been the DP's defiance to his boss, Dr Ruto sought to set the record straight.
  • In a message laden with reminders to his critics of how the ruling party came to be, the DP said he and Mr Kenyatta agreed to unite the country and set the foundation for development.
  • Dr Ruto's critics point at a group of his allies, who have been going around the country promoting his 2022 bid for the presidency, despite Mr Kenyatta's repeated call for politicking to be set aside for the sake of nationwide development.
  • Dr Ruto appeared to pour cold water on the claims of disloyalty and disrespect, further saying he would ensure all those backing him toed the line.

Deputy President William Ruto on Friday pledged unwavering loyalty to President Uhuru Kenyatta, promising to ensure projects the government initiates are implemented.

Amid rising voices from the Kieleweke grouping, made up of politicians whose main bone of contention has been the DP's defiance to his boss, Dr Ruto sought to set the record straight, saying he would personally ensure all Jubilee Party members obeyed the President.

In a message laden with reminders to his critics of how the ruling party came to be, the DP said he and Mr Kenyatta agreed to unite the country and set the foundation for development.

“All of us, and I speak on behalf of all Jubilee leaders, are behind you. We understand where we started. We said then that Jubilee would focus on two things. One; to unite the country ... unite all the tribes ... people from all religions ... we stand with you without wavering," he said in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, where the President relaunched the Rivatex textile factory.

"Two; we agreed that our politics must change so we can focus on development. We are revamping Rivatex. We are with you 100 per cent and we are not faltering.

MT KENYA MPs

Dr Ruto's critics point at a group of his allies, who have been going around the country promoting his 2022 bid for the presidency, despite Mr Kenyatta's repeated call for politicking to be set aside for the sake of nationwide development.

Members of the Tangatanga faction, mostly from Central Kenya, have accused the President of failing to initiate key projects in the region.

In addition, lawmakers from the Rift Valley say he has betrayed them following his March 9, 2018 handshake with Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga.

Tangatanga received a tongue-lashing from the President at Kasarani Stadium last Sunday, when he warned against any attempts to disobey him.

UhuRuto Rivatex launch

President Uhuru Kenyatta (C). Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, Deputy President William Ruto and other leaders during the relaunch of Rivatex textile factory in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, on June 21, 2019. PHOTO | DPPS

GOOD BEHAVIOUR

Dr Ruto on Friday appeared to pour cold water on the claims of disloyalty and disrespect, further saying he would ensure all those backing him toed the line.

“You are the country’s leader. The people of Uasin Gishu do not have any other leader but you. We are behind you, front and back, left and right, top and bottom, valleys and mountains," he told President Kenyatta.

"We are with you and we will ensure the Big Four [and other projects are implemented and that there is] unity. I give you my personal commitment that I will make sure, as your deputy, that these leaders do not go astray. You can see today they are behaving well,” added the DP who hails from Uasin Gishu.

UHURU'S FOCUS

President Kenyatta's trip to Eldoret town was the first since the 2017 general election. He spent a lot of time campaigning there.

Thousands turned up at Rivatex to welcome their President, who appeared relaxed, talking and laughing with the Deputy President on several occasions.

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