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Ruto tells jubilee MPs to style up and stop wrangles

By KAMAU MAICHUHIE | Published Mon, December 9th 2013 at 00:00, Updated December 9th 2013 at 08:43 GMT +3


Deputy President William Ruto has denied reports that there is rift in the jubilee government over impending appointments and financial dependence of the office of the deputy president.

Ruto termed the reports appearing in a section of media as propaganda, malicious and utter lies.

Speaking when he presided over a funds drive in aid of the construction of St. Bernadette Catholic Church Ngoingwa in Thika, Ruto said those spreading the rumours are wishful thinkers.

He however tore into jubilee coalition political leaders for engaging in wrangles and petty politics.

He called upon them to style up and focus on serving the people who elected them.

"This debate that is ongoing among jubilee leaders about my community, my people, my father and so and so has not gotten this or that is total nonsense.

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I urge all the jubilee leaders to stop side shows and petty politics by standing united and supporting the government.

Let us stop this primitive politics that is starting to crop amongst ourselves, and that is aimed at derailing us. Jubilee leaders should know we have a government to run and pledges to fulfill," Ruto said.

Ruto faulted reports appearing in the media claiming his party, United Republican Party (URP) is unhappy over lack of financial dependence of the Deputy President's office.

"The office of the Deputy President is not a bank or a Sacco. I do not need money and I don't know what the newspapers are writing about," Ruto said.

The Deputy President said he and the President will not allow the government which they fought hard to form go down.

"We formed this jubilee government by the grace of God, even when many people were skeptical about our mission.

We are very careful to ensure we defend the government in order to fulfill the pledges we gave to the people," Ruto said.

On media freedom, Ruto said Jubilee government does not have any plans of gaging the media.

"The government does not have any benefit, interest or plan to gag the media. We want the media to be free but at the same time be responsible," Ruto noted.

Ruto said the new constitution has enough safeguards against dictatorship and bad leadership and therefore told the media to hold their horses.

He said there can never be any chance of taking the country backward as media had suggested.

He warned those brokers and middlemen in government who it seems their duty is to cause dis harmony in the government through enhancing of propaganda.

"We don't need brokers and middle men in government. The president and myself have enough experience enough to know on how to make decisions aimed at how to drive the agenda of transforming and developing this country," said Ruto.

Thika town MP Alice Nga'nga' called on the opposition to give the government time and space to implement the pledges that they made to the people.

"Cord is going round inciting people against the government. They don't want the government to issue tittle deeds and therefore going round telling the people the tittles are not genuine. We won't give them the chance to spoil our government," Ng'ang'a.

Two senators and 15 MPs attended the funds drive.

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