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Forget about ICC and build Kenya Isaac Ruto tells President Uhuru Kenyatta

By Gilbert Kimutai | April 18th 2016 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto flags off one of the eight tractors worth Sh38 million at Bomet Green Stadium. The tractors were loaned to local multi-purpose co-operative societies by the Agriculture Finance Corporation. The loan was guaranteed by the Bomet county government. [PHOTO: GILBERT KIMUTAI/STANDARD]

BOMENT: President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have been asked to forget their collapsed cases and fulfil their campaign pledges.

Governor Isaac Ruto said while it is worth celebrating their freedom from the International Criminal Court (ICC), the two should also remember what their Government promised Kenyans during the last General Election.

The governor warned that the promises would be used to judge the Jubilee government.

"There are so many things that Kenyans are waiting for from Jubilee as promised in the lead-up to the last election and they should settle down and work on meeting them," he said.

Ruto added: "The President and his deputy should remember we have a contract with Kenyans on the promises that were given... and it will be used against us come the next election of it will not be fulfilled."

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Speaking at the Bomet Green Stadium when he flagged off eight tractors to multi-purpose co-operative societies, Ruto said the ICC matter should be put to rest. He asked the Jubilee government to settle down and focus on delivering the promises made to Kenyans.

Ruto, who skipped a Jubilee thanksgiving rally at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, said he is celebrating with the rest of Kenyans the end of the ICC cases.

He said there was no planning of the violence after the 2007-2008 General Election.

"The violence was spontaneous. After the election, I was at KICC with the Deputy President monitoring the tallying of votes and (Joshua) Sang was at work and I followed all the programmes and never heard him calling people to take up pangas and start killing," he said.

He said the Jubilee leadership should put what they went through at the ICC behind them and settle down to serve the country.

"What President Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto should do is to ensure that Kenyans are united. Work to ensure even those who have differed with them before read from the same script," Ruto said.

He said the Jubilee leadership should ensure that devolution is respected and upheld for the sake of developing all parts of the country.

The governor has fallen out politically with the Deputy President over a raft of issues in the vote rich Rift Valley region.

His absence at the Nakuru rally was expected as he has already declared that he would not seek re-election on a Jubilee ticket. He says he will ride on Mashinani Development Party of Kenya in the next elections.

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