Ruto dismisses calls for referendum



Deputy President William Ruto (FILE)

Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed calls by the opposition for a referendum saying the challenges facing the country can be solved without subjecting Kenyans to another mini election.

Ruto said leaders should focus their energies on development noting that Kenyans are now in dire need of their services instead of engaging in mere politicking.

He said that issues like food prices, insecurity among others cannot be addressed through referendums and asked the opposition to be realistic in what they are talking about.

“When you talk about food prices and insecurity, what will they say about such issues in referendums? We cannot solve such problems in referendums,” said  Ruto.

The Deputy President challenged leaders to shun empty politics and deliver on their campaign pledges saying politicking ended with the last general election.

“The Jubilee administration responsibility is to serve all Kenyans without bias. It is now time for elected leaders to rise above partisan politics and serve the wananchi with all diligence,” he said.

The Deputy President said the manner in which the opposition leaders were behaving showed that they do not have an idea on how challenges facing the country can be solved.

He reminded them that there were institutions which were created by the constitution and which can help address issues affecting the country wondering why they were undermining such institutions.

“They neither do not know what Kenyans want nor do they even understand where solutions facing Kenyans are. Surely, their demands for a referendum are unrealistic,” said the Deputy President.

Speaking at Enoo Saen primary school in Kilogirs Constituency, Narok County during a funds-drive for the school, the Deputy President said lives of Kenyans can be transformed if the county governments managed resources allocated to them well.

He said leaders at the county level should ensure only projects which can uplift the people’s living standards are implemented.

Ruto also urged communities in pastoral areas to engage in agricultural activities saying it was only through more emphasis on agriculture that poverty and food insecurity could be solved.

He thanked the residents of Narok County and Kenyans in general for overwhelmingly voting the Jubilee Coalition in the last general election.

Ruto said the Government will now work together with all leaders in ensuring improved standards of living for all, he added.

National Assembly Majority Leader Adan Duale and his Senate counterpart Kithure Kindiki accused CORD principals of going against the constitution they supported during the Yes and NO campaigns.

“CORD principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula were at the front in agitating for the new law that the country has but we are now surprised that they are now against the same constitution they voted for. This is strange,” said  Duale.

Kindiki said Kenyans are not interested on issues of mass action saying they were badly in need of mass development.

“It is very clear from the way you see things in this country. Kenyans are not any more interested in mass action or rallies but they need mass development,” said  Kindiki.

Narok Governor Samuel Tunai, Kilgoris MP Gideon Konchella and Senator Stephen ole Ntutu said it was time leaders worked as a team in delivering the promises they made to the electorate during the last election.

“The language of leaders in this county is service delivery, nothing else,” said Konchella.