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We have no time for cheap politics over appointments, says Ruto

By Kamau Maichuhie | Published Sun, January 14th 2018 at 00:00, Updated January 13th 2018 at 22:23 GMT +3
DP William Ruto chats with MKU chairman Simon Gicharu during the burial of Simon's mother at Gathiruini village in Kiambu County. [Charles Kimani| DPPS]

Deputy President William Ruto for the second time in a week downplayed any rift between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta over Cabinet appointments.

While speaking in Kiambu yesterday, Ruto said that he and the president had no time for cheap politics over the positions.

“We do not have time for cheap politics on who gets this position or that position. That is useless talk,” he said.

The absence of the DP at State House when the president unveiled the first line up of the Cabinet recently left tongues wagging and speculations were rife there was tension between the two over the formation of new cabinet.

The DP said their main agenda and commitment was to fulfill the Jubilee Party manifesto whose focus is job creation, industrialisation and development. “Our main debate will only be the debate that will focus on job creation to the millions of jobless youth through industrialization and development,” he said.

Ruto made the remarks at Gathiru-ini village, Komotha in Githunguri constituency Kiambu County when he attended the funeral of Alice Wambui Gicharu the mother to Dr Simon Gicharu, the founder of Mount Kenya University.

The DP cautioned leaders against divisive politics and fanning animosity among communities.

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