, MURANG’A, Kenya Nov 15 – Deputy President William Ruto has castigated civil society activists for discrediting the government and security agencies with the sole aim of pleasing donors.
He said most activists are dishonest because they are always out to discredit the government by churning out inaccurate reports.
“We cannot allow unscrupulous individuals in the name of civil society to malign and sabotage our country in order to get donor funding,” he said during a church service at PCEA Kihumbu-ini Parish in Gatanga Constituency.
He spoke days after a civil society group Journalists for Justice released a report implicating the Kenyan military of involvement in sugar and charcoal racket in Somalia.
“We want peace and harmony. As government we will stand firm with our security agencies so that we have a safe country and region,” he said.
He said some of the activists were more concerned about how much money they make than the welfare of the country.
The Deputy President observed that the country’s security agencies had done a sterling job to protect the people.
“Kenyans don’t have another country to run to. This is their home, but some of these activists can relocate to go and live with their masters.”
Ruto said officers from the military has put their lives on the line to defend Kenya from terrorists and don’t deserve to be insulted.
He said the professionalism of the Kenyan military is recognized and has earned them respect worldwide.
The Deputy President also asked leaders in the county to stop squabbling and serve the people.
“Let us give our leaders time to serve the people. We can evaluate them at the end of their term and see what they have done,” he said. “We want peace and harmony.”
MPs who accompanied Ruto said the intentions of the International Criminal Court (ICC) of using recanted evidence against Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang indicated it was not a court of justice.
The leaders included Mwangi wa Iria (Governor), James Kembi Gitura (Senator), Sabina Wanjiru Chege, (Women Representative), MPs Humphrey Kimani Njuguna (Gatanga), Alice Muthoni Wahome (Kandara) Irungu Kang’ata (Kiharu), and Clement Muchiri Wambugu (Mathioya).
Iria and Chege supported the Deputy President in calling for sobriety among leaders in Murang’a so that they can deliver on the election pledges. Iria survived an impeachment when the Senate quashed a decision by the County Assembly, which had shown him the door.
The leaders asked the Deputy President to meet all the leaders in the county to help resolve their
Some of the leaders questioned why it was only in Central Kenya where governors were facing a revolt from Members of County Assemblies when other regions were working together.
The MPs vowed to continue praying for the Deputy President saying the ICC cannot limit their freedom of worship.
Gitura, who is also the Senate Deputy Speaker, said the court was bending rules to suit other interests other than the law and justice.
“Why have they changed the law to try to punish the Deputy President unfairly? Recanted evidenced has never been evidence, “said the Murang’a Senator.
Gitura said he was optimistic that the case against the Deputy President will collapse.