Deputy President William Ruto on Wednesday pitched camp in his political base – Nandi and Uasin Gishu counties, as he enhanced popularization of his Bottom Up economic model he intends to implement should he form the next government.
While in Nandi, the DP presided over several functions, before addressing multiple roadside rallies in Kapsabet town.
Later, he flew to Chebolol, Kesses Constituency, in Uasin Gishu County where he presided over a funds drive for 36 churches – giving a donation of Ksh5 million.
While his allies focused on political issues, attacking area Member of Parliament Dr. Swarup Mishra for his continued support of the Jubilee party that ‘persecuted’ them, Ruto spoke more of his development agenda.
“I want to assure you that what we are planning for the country, we have not forgotten you. We are building roads all over the country, including here, we are connecting people with electricity and many of you have also benefited. We have set up Technical Training Colleges all over the country including here,” Ruto told hundreds of locals that had turned up for the event.
The DP admitted that the Jubilee government was yet to fulfill some of the promises it made to the people of his home county – but blamed the situation on the March 2018 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic (ODM) leader Raila Odinga.
“We still owe you water. A huge percentage of people here don’t have water and we promised you that but it is still in our plans – ahadi ni deni.
We had the Big Four Agenda that we hoped would achieve a lot and benefit Kenyans but sorry we had issues that derails that plan after we were visited by our friends who introduced their own agenda.”– William Ruto, Deputy President of Kenya.
Ruto who is seeking to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta once his term comes to an end further pledged to set aside Ksh100 billion to facilitate agro-processing, value addition, and manufacturing that would help create more jobs for the youths.
He also promised to ensure the high cost of production that farmers have been battling with is addressed through lowering the cost of fertilizers and other farm implements.
Ruto further pledged to allocate Ksh100 billion to support the youths.
“Just as we planned for setting up of railway, TTCs, and roads, we will also plan for the youth empowerment. We will also set aside Ksh50 billion for Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs),” Ruto said.