By PSCU/Beth Nyaga
President Uhuru Kenyatta turned the heat on Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto for his attempts to block the construction of a university in Bomet town.
The President said it was selfish of the Governor for blocking the development of the Bomet University Campus on land donated by the National Government.
President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto said there is no way they will allow the Governor to have his wish to dump waste on the land.
President Kenyatta also described Governor Ruto as an ungrateful person who has turned against his party and is also standing against the interest of the people.
“You are doing something that is harmful to the children of Bomet and all the children of Kenya who will benefit from this university,” said the President when he addressed thousands of residents at the university land.
The President, who laid the foundation stone for the university, asked the residents whether they agreed with the attempts to turn the land into a dump site and they responded with an emphatic no.
“The people of Bomet are in agreement with us. You (Isaac Ruto) should go back to the courts and remove the case you filed to block the university,” said the President.
The President said in the next few days, the Attorney General will join the case to defend the interest of the people of Bomet.
“The AG will be enjoined and this case will be between the Government of Kenya and Isaac Ruto,” said the President amid cheers from the people.
The President said it was unfortunate that the Bomet Governor had turned against his team mates immediately after Jubilee Governors voted for him to become the Chairman of the Council of Governor.
“You gave us the mandate not to fight but to deliver development like this university and the road we are launching today,” said the President.
The President also asked whether rumors circulated in the media by Jubilee critics that the people of Bomet are not satisfied with the Government were true and they responded emphatically that their support was unwavering.
The Deputy President President described the attempts by the Bomet Governor to turn the university land into a dumping ground as ridiculous.
“However corrupted your head becomes how can you not differentiate between the value of a university and a dumping site,” said the DP.
The DP also criticized the governor for his vigorous opposition to the project to install modern equipment in hospitals.
“You are telling us about South Africa (where the governor travelled to for a minor medical procedure). How many in Bomet can afford to travel to South Africa for treatment? And you have been blocking the Government from equipping two hospitals in this county with modern equipment,” said the DP.
Leader of Majority Aden Duale, Deputy Majority Senate Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Joyce Laboso and Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot also threw salvo after salvo at the Bomet Governor whom they told to wait for the day of reckoning come the next elections.
Duale told the Governor that they know that he is trying to import voters from neighboring counties but that would not help him.
“The decision of who becomes the Governor of Bomet will be made by the people of Bomet and no one else. Imported voters will not help you,” said Duale.
Murkomen accused the governor of wasting money that would have been used to develop Bomet on his personal issues like promoting a political party.
“We have never heard of Isaac Ruto launching any development project. All we hear him do is opening party branches and he is using money meant for the people of Bomet,” said Senator Murkomen.
Laboso said no one should hoodwink Kenyans that the support for Jubilee in Bomet could ever be in doubt.
“You have maximum support in Bomet,” said Laboso who intends to contest for the seat of Bomet governor.
Bomet Central MP Ronald Tonui also criticized the Governor whom he said does not have the interest of the people at heart.
“We want to use this place to benefit our youth not to store waste as Isaac Ruto wants,” said the MP.
The President and the DP, who were accompanied by Jubilee leaders including dozens of MPs and Govenors, were on the last day of their three-day tour of the Rift Valley where the President has launched multi-billion shilling projects.
The President later commissioned modern medical equipment worth Sh425 million installed at the Longisa Hospital, Bomet County.
He said the Government will continue to carry out reform aimed transforming the Heath sector. The President commended doctors and nurses at the hospital for not taking part in the ongoing strike.