DP Ruto, allies rubbish Raila's whistle-blowing claims on fake gold scam

Deputy President William Ruto(right)with Narok East MP Lemanken Aramat join Maasai women group at Oletukat Secondary in Narok East constituency on May 25,2019.He has downplayed recent claims by ODM leader Raila Odinga that he whistle blew on the ongoing fake gold saga. [Photo: Standard]

Deputy President William Ruto has rubbished Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s claims that he is a whistle blower in the ongoing gold scam involving a United Arab Emirates ruler, terming his claims as rhetoric and propaganda.

The DP, who spoke at Oletukat Secondary School yesterday where he commissioned a girls’ dormitory, said Raila should instead sell his vision and agenda to the electorate if he (Raila) wants to be president in 2022.

“Some people are going round telling Kenyans a lot of stories but I want to tell them that such empty rhetoric will not change the lives of Kenyans,” said Ruto.

The DP asked his critics to first seek the kingdom of God before thinking of leading the country at the top level. He said: “Titles are useless if one has no plan of going to heaven. Even the book of Mathew 6:33 says that one should seek the Kingdom of God first and the rest will follow”.

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He also took the opportunity to announce goodies the people of Narok are enjoying since Jubilee took over in 2013.

Water projects

He revealed that in 2013 locals who were connected to power were a paltry 8,000 but to date over 42,000 are connected to the national grid, with Sh1 billion allocated to connect about 30,000 more in the next phase.

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Dr Ruto pledged a Sh120 million fund for water projects in the arid parts of the county, adding that Jubilee would build about 380km of tarmac roads to ease transport. His allies led by legislators Lemanken Aramat (Narok East), Vincent Musyoka (Mwala) and area Woman Rep Soipan Tuya went ballistic on Raila over his whistle-blowing claims, terming him hypocritical. “If someone has confirmed that he actually travelled and met the UAE ruler over fake gold, then the DCI should do his work. If they were indeed whistle blowers, why are they panicking?” said Aramat. 

Musyoka said the March 9, 2018 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila should be retracted since it was soiling Jubilee’s image. “It is a shame that someone who has been bragging that he is as white as snow is now being mentioned in a fake gold scam. How can you claim to have blown the whistle while the audio already blew it?” asked the legislator.

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Tuya asked Ruto to ignore his critics, who she described as being jealous of his energy and development-oriented vision.

“All these politics are geared towards creating a shortcut to State House, but unfortunately the only way out is to reach to the people which you (DP) has perfected,” she said.

On referendum, she said Ruto was the only person that should have the audacity to talk about changes regarding the 2010 Constitution since he initially had reservations about it.

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