NAIROBI Kenya, Nov 14 – Deputy President William Ruto has now urged leaders to stop accusing each other over who plotted to ‘fix’ him over charges he is facing at the International Criminal Court.
He argues it is unhealthy for leaders to engage in such talk, saying they should instead focus on uniting the country and serving the citizens.
“As elected leaders, it is not time for a blame game. It is time to unite the country and deliver,” he stressed.
“It is not time for elected leaders or nominated to point fingers at each other. It is not time to point out mistakes. That is something that will waste our time and derail the Jubilee agenda which is to unite all Kenyans.”
“I want to ask all Jubilee leaders to work together so that we can serve the people,” he appealed.
He noted, “We pledged to serve the people who elected us so we should concentrate our efforts in that direction.”
He was speaking at Lolgorian, Transmara Constituency when he witnessed the signing ceremony of a Sh3 billion sugar factory between Narok County and an investor.
A section of Jubilee leaders have accused senior officials in the government of coaching witnesses to implicate the Deputy President over the deadly 2007-8 post election violence.
On November 13, Members of Parliament also engaged in intense debate on the matter.
Leader of Majority Coalition in Parliament Aden Duale denied the ‘fixing’ claims saying leaders should stop politicizing the issue.
Deputy Leader of the Minority Coalition Jakoyo Midiwo, Ugenya MP David Ochieng and Endebbes MP Robert Pukose challenged the Majority Leader to clarify the claims that senior government officers hatched a plot to ‘fix’ Ruto.
“There’s nobody in government who coached (witnesses) and fixed Ruto. We don’t want this matter to be political. URP and TNA are more united than ever before.
There’s nobody in government who has fixed either Hon Ruto or Hon Kenyatta,” the Majority Leader told the House.
“The campaigns we went through were on the basis of who sent who to The Hague. We want him to be clear on this, we can’t have a leader who flip-flops,” Midiwo had charged.
“They have been saying that Raila (Odinga) fixed Ruto and he has just said now that no one fixed Ruto. Can he confirm right now that Raila never fixed anyone?” posed Ochieng.
Interior PS Mutea Iringo was accused by Ruto’s lawyers as among officials who fixed the DP, but he had vigorously denied the claims.