, KAJIADO, Kenya, Nov 21 – Deputy President William Ruto has warned of stern action against officers who engage in variations in tendering process of public projects.
Ruto said such variations led to escalation of costs on such projects, warning those found engaging in the vice will be prosecuted.
“Officers found engaging in variations in the tendering process to escalate the costs of such projects will be dealt with accordingly,” said Ruto.
The Deputy President asked the public to play a leading role in the war against corruption explaining that the government alone cannot win the war against the vice.
“I ask each and every one of us to participate and help the government in the fight against corruption. You will have done a lot of disservice to your country if you see someone engaging in corrupt deals and you don’t expose to the authorities for action to be taken,” he said.
“All Kenyans should take the lead in the fight against corruption. We should always know that every right is accompanied by responsibility,” added the Deputy President.
Speaking during the launch of Oloshoikor Technical Training Institute in Kajiado West Constituency on Friday, the Deputy President told leaders to ensure accountability of resources in areas under their jurisdictions.
He said a lot of resources have been devolved to the counties emphasising that leaders should ensure proper management of such resources.
“I ask all leaders including MPs to help ensure accountability of resources allocated for development projects in their areas,” said Ruto.
The Deputy President was accompanied by among others Joseph Nkaiserry (Kajiado Central), Kigo Njenga (Gatundu North), Moses ole Sakuda (Kajiado West), Ronald Tonui (Bomet Central), David Wafula (Saboti), Mary Seneta (Women MP Kajiado) and Senator Peter Mositet.
Ruto said the government has increased allocation of resources to free primary education and secondary education from Sh10billion to Sh14billion and Sh20billion to Sh28billion respectively.
“Now that we have increased monies to free primary and affordable secondary education, it is the responsibility of teachers, board of governors and leaders to ensure proper management of such funds,” said Ruto.
The Deputy President said for the country to achieve its development goals and especially the Vision 2030, there was need to invest heavily in technical education.
“We need to train our youths to acquire the necessary skills and competence if we are to achieve the industrialization needs of the country,” said Ruto.
The Deputy President urged members of the public to work closely with security agents in the war against insecurity saying security issuers were a collective responsibility of all Kenyans.
‘If we want a peaceful nation, we must discharge our responsibilities. We must identify those who propagate insecurity,” he said.
The Deputy President also put on notice perpetrators of female genital mutilation and early marriages which hinder the development of girl-child education.
“There is no room for harmful cultural activities like female circumcision in this 21st century. Those who engage in such activities should find something else to do before the law catches up with them,” said Ruto.
“I want to tell those who interfere with the lives and education of young girls that we will catch up with them. They must stop this practice once and for all,’ added the Deputy President.