Jubilee will be hard to beat in 2017: Ruto

By: ELISHA OTIENO

Deputy President (DP) William Ruto Saturday told the Opposition to prepare for a battle royal in the 2017 General Election.

He said Jubilee was growing into a strong outfit that would be hard to beat in 2017.

“The merger of our parties has resulted into a stronger Jubilee we are keen to discourage tribal parties in our new discourse to form one big party,” the DP said at Nyamosense Secondary School in Kuria West, Migori.

However, Migori Governor Okoth Obado, who accompanied him, steered clear of talking about politics and only talked about development.

He asked the national government to help the county government improve infrastructure to trigger faster socio-economic development.

“We request that our airstrip be upgraded to airport status because we are the link between Kenya and Tanzania,” he said.

Mr Ruto said national cohesion in Kenya would only be realised when parties with national ideologies are formed.

The DP said: “Tribal parties are recipes for anarchy. Let our opponents prepare for a good battle because it won’t be easy for them”

Mr Ruto said that he and President Uhuru Kenyatta were determined to transform Kenya into a better country.

“Let us stop petty politicking and squabbles,” he said. “The time now is for nation building and to focus our energies on more serious issues. the Opposition should join hands with us instead of playing unuseful politics every day.”

Mr Ruto caused laughter when he said they would not get discouraged to continue seeking votes from Nyanza “even if they throw shoes and stones at us”.

This was in reference to an incident that happened during President Kenyatta’s last visit to Migori in which some youths disrupted his function by throwing shoes towards his dais.

TECHNICAL INSTITUTES

Mr Ruto said Migori was part of Kenya and they would not sideline it because of politics.

He told the Kuria people to stop cattle theft, saying it was barbaric and outmoded.

He said: “We will consider bringing more police officers here to help us discard this practice it retards development and causes animosity between clans”.

During the tour, Mr Ruto launched the construction of a Sh100 million technical training institute in Kuria West before opening a new campus for the Kenya Medical Training College in Kehancha.

The DP announced that similar institutes were also going to be put up in Awendo and Suna East sub-counties.

“Cancer treatment equipment is going to be bought by the national government at a cost of Sh800 million to be based in Migori and Kehancha hospitals,” he said.

“We are also bringing 15 milk coolers costing over Sh200 million to this county.”

Kuria West MP Mathias Robi said he was standing together with the DP on his ICC woes and called for an end to the case.

“We are praying for you daily, your excellency, and we want this matter brought to an end,” he said.

Others who accompanied the DP included Narok Governor Samuel ole Tunai and Kuria East MP Shadrack Manga.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION