NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 27 – Deputy President William Ruto has defended the nomination of cabinet secretaries saying the people selected reflected regional balance across the country.
Speaking on KTN on Friday evening, Ruto explained that it was not possible to ensure there is a nominee from all the 47 counties of the 42 Kenyan tribes given that there are only 18 slots.
“The men and women who are selected will serve Kenyans equally. They have not been selected to serve their communities or their tribes, or their religions or their regions. They have been nominated to serve every Kenyan equally. In as far as regional balance is concerned I want to confirm, not two of those nominees come from the same county,” he asserted.
He urged Kenyans to cast their eyes above debates on nominations and draw their attention to checking if he and President Kenyatta will deliver their pledge to Kenyans which is addressing real issues affecting the society.
Ruto also appealed to Kenyans to keep them on their toes by demanding to see results of the pledges they have outlined in their strategies of reforming the country to better education, health and security among others.
“It will be a great disservice if we were to squander the goodwill that Kenyans have given to us in quarrelling about positions and missing the point and reason to which we were elected. We were not elected to fish out positions to communities but to tackle issues that matter to Kenyans. We want Kenyans to judge us on delivering on the issues that matter to the majority of Kenyans. We want Kenyans to hold us to account,” he said.
The Deputy President reassured the country that they are committed to implement the Jubilee manifesto explaining that the team they have nominated clearly understands what they intend to achieve for the country.
He said they have also alerted all government ministries that there will be an overhaul of how things have been being done in previous governments to ensure Kenyans get services as rightfully required.
“Together with the President we will ensure we deliver on Jubilee manifesto. That is our responsibility. It will not be business as usual. We will work. The people who have met with us from ministries know that they have to pull up their socks,” he pledged.
Ruto also said they will work with all Kenyans – those who voted for them and those who did not for them – to ensure equal delivery of services and leadership across the country.
“Every Kenyan is entitled by Constitution to a choice. Nobody is going to suffer any prejudice because they voted one way or another. We want to ask all Kenyans that elections are now behind us, we have one government not for people who voted for Jubilee but for all Kenyans. We will serve people of Kenya equally.”
The Deputy President promised that by early next week they will reveal the names of two remaining nominees.
Kenyatta’s and Ruto’s nominations were met with mixed reactions with some opposing their choices while others supported.
Leaders from the Maasai community have complained that there was no candidate named from their community hoping that their wish will be fulfilled in the remaining two slots.