Deputy President Dr. William Ruto today asked the Opposition to stop using the handshake to undermine other leaders.k
Ruto said their partners were using the new-found friendship to sow division and eventually break Jubilee party through outdated political games.
The DP also told off political detractors saying any of their machinations to derail his political ambition will fail.
He said his political destiny lies in the hands of God and not in the evil wishes of those zealously plotting to bring him down.
Ruto said he has emerged victorious in many political struggles in the past one of which was the “fabricated involvement in the 2007/08 political violence,” and nothing will distract him from his destiny.
He said he hopes to still win in the string of political battles ahead of his political path
“They (detractors) will run up and down preaching hatred and I know had it not for God they will swallow me alive. God’s protection is sure and whoever runs unto him is secure and this is where I have run to,” said Ruto.
Ruto said he has since left his fate to God whom he had to trust in, from his boyhood.
He, however, said as a Christian, he will willingly and unreservedly forgive them.
“There shall always be a people preaching hatred but the remedy is to forgive them and I do it to them knowing too well they will be defeated,” said the Deputy President who announced a staggering donation of Sh 10 m for the construction of the SDA Kisii regional headquarters.
He could however not display the donation saying he will do his ‘ukarabati’ to source the donation to help finish the project that has taken ten years to complete.
Ruto said many of those trying to thwart his ambition had nothing offer to Kenyans except empty tales.
‘’We cannot go on with politics of tales forever, instead, we should invest our efforts on development which Kenyans are yearning for,” he said.
The DP also said the construction of water dams across the country will continue despite some existing challenges.
In Nyamira, the DP said construction of Bonyunyu water dam will go on and upon completion; it will help alleviate chronic water supply challenges to the residents in the two Gusii counties of Kisii and Nyamira.
On the last mile project, the DP said the government will use Sh 1.1 billion in connecting up to 25000 additional households this year alone.
He also said the government has set aside more than Sh 590 million which will go to cash transfer program for the elderly, the disabled and orphaned in Kisii County.
“As a government, we will go on standing with the less privileged and walk with them as they are our people who equally want to have a feel of what the government is doing,” said Ruto.
He asked for proper identification of more others with challenges so that they can be assisted through the program.
Ruto further thanked the SDA church for partnership with the government in establishing health facilities and educational institutions across the country.
Political leaders from the region led by Deputy Governor Joash Maangi and South Mugirango MP Silvanus Osoro said the region will solidly back the DP’s quest for Statehouse in 2022.
Maangi said it is wrong for a constitutional referendum to be held just to grind Ruto’s ascendancy to power.
“It is ill misconceived that a referendum will be done to stop him and as a community, we will not be part to that,” said Maangi even as he asked the church faithful to stand solidly behind Ruto.
Osoro, on his side, said as supporters of the Deputy President, they will not allow anybody to disrupt the DP’s political destiny on the altar of a political witch-hunt and false allegations of graft.
He cited Senator James Orengo’s plant to impeach the DP as one that will fall flat in parliament.
“Let him bring it and he will know that we have the numbers to show where they should belong,” said the South Mugirango MP.
He said people using graft purge to tarnish the DP‘s name were a desperate lot keen to wrestle power from the backdoor.
The function was attended by MPs; Alfa Miruka (Bomachoge Chache), Richard Tongi (Nyaribari Chache), Shadrack Mose (Kitutu Masaba), Innocent Obiri (Bobasi), Oroo Oyioka (Bonchari) Joash Nyamoko (North Mugirango) Vincent Kemosi (West Mugirango ) among others.
The legislators said they will rally support for the DP in 2022 to ensure he ascends to the presidency.
But speaking by phone, former Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire said the DP has already shown he is a lone wolf that has broken ranks from his boss.
“If he can’t work with the president on fighting graft then he is on the lone and desperate battle, he should be ready to fall flat on his tracks,” said Bosire.