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Jubilee taking Kenya back to dictatorship, claims Ruto

On devolution Ruto blamed the national government for most of the problems bedeviling the devolved units saying that most county governments are unable to offer critical services because of the little money they get from the national government.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comFriday, 09 Dec 2016 13:54 EAT

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have been accused of taking the country back to the dark days of dictatorship. Bomet governor Isaac Ruto said that the demand by the two leaders that people from their ethnicities must join the Jubilee Party as a precondition for getting the government's support in elections amounts to dictatorship and warned that Kenyans "are brave enough to be treated like sheep."

Speaking at Salgaa Nakuru County where he opened a Chama Cha Mashinani party office, Mr Ruto said that Kenya is a multiparty democracy and Kenyans should be given the freedom of making independent political choices. “Kenya is a multiparty democracy and we cannot be taken back to the dark days of dictatorship. We must respect the constitution by letting people make independent political choices without being forced,” said Mr Ruto, who warned that Kenya should not be ruled by one monolithic party again.

At the same time he challenged the Jubilee administration to fulfill all their campaign promises. Citing an example of the free laptops to standard one children, Mr Ruto said that Jubilee had failed on most of its promises and called on Kenyans to hold them accountable. “My friends have been bragging about the electricity distribution project but what they are not telling us is that the project was initiated by retired president Kibaki. They must start fulfilling their promises because that is what we are going to ask them when they come to ask for votes,” he said.

On devolution, Mr Ruto blamed the national government for most of the problems bedeviling the devolved units saying that most county governments are unable to offer critical services because of the insufficient money they get from the national government. He claimed that county governments lack money to pay striking health workers because "substantial resources had been withheld in Nairobi".

The governor supported the striking health workers saying that they deserve to be paid better because of critical services they offer to the society.

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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