, NYERI, Kenya, Sep 22 – Deputy President William Ruto has said there is no competition between the national and county governments on service delivery as the two are complementing each other in the development of the country.
Ruto warned leaders that competition between the two levels of government will stall development activities in the country.
He explained that the national government collects taxes before dispatching part of the funds directly to the grassroots and also through counties for development.
“I want to state clearly that there is no competition between the national and county governments in delivering services to Kenyans. All the taxes collected by the national government are dispatched for delivery of services that are cascaded to the grassroots,” said Ruto.
Speaking at Tumutumu Girls in Nyeri county during the school’s Jubilee celebrations, the deputy president told governors to concentrate on serving the people instead of engaging in endless debate on the “Pesa Mashinani”push.
He urged the governors to use available channels for dialogue citing the inter-governmental budget and economical council (IBEC) as a framework where the governors can engage with the national government to build a prosperous country instead of engaging in endless politicking.
“Let me tell governors as leaders to use the available channels so that we can engage and built one prosperous country,” said Ruto.
The DP who also commissioned the construction of Mathira Technical Training Institute before addressing a public rally Kaiyaba primary school grounds asked county chiefs elected on the Jubilee ticket to avoid joining forces with the Opposition CORD to rock the government from within.
”Jubilee Governors should not join a scheme to undermine their own administration,” he said.
Senator Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki thanked 41 county bosses who boycotted Saturday’s launch of “Pesa Mashinani” to force a referendum through popular initiative.
”We want to thank the 41 governors who gave yesterday’s event in Bomet a wide birth. We can solve matters affecting counties through established channels and not through confrontation,” he said.
Kindiki, together with his Nyeri counterpart Mutahi Kagwe, called for immediate termination of cases facing three Kenyans at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
“We are asking the (ICC) to terminate with immediate effect the charges linked to the 2007/2008 post election violence facing three Kenyans; President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang, and this is the voice of the people of Kenya,” said Kindiki.
The two said ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda was pushing a lost cause and should hasten to end the charges to allow President Kenyatta and his deputy concentrate on their constitutional mandate.
“We’re asking Bensouda with all sincerity of heart to terminate these cases to allow our leaders to concentrate on developing this country,” said Kagwe.
Over 15 Members of Parliament who accompanied the deputy president said that Kenyans were tired of the ICC cases as they distract the principals from engaging in national building especially after the prosecutor confessed that she has no evidence.
The MPs Daniel Kiaraho (Ol Kalou) Peter Weru (Mathira), Dan Kazungu (Malindi), Khatib Abdallah Mwashetani (LungaLunga), Jimmy Angwenyi (Kitutu Chache North MP), Bowen Kangongo (Marakwet East), Francis Njenga (Gatundu North) said there was no need to flog a dead horse as the ICC cases collapsed a long time ago.
“They now want our Head of State to make an appearance at the court in person for a status conference when the prosecutor has indicated clearly that she has no evidence,” said Angwenyi.
Other MPs who shared the same sentiments were Kanini Kega (Kieni), (Ndung’u Gethenji) Tetu and the Nyeri Woman Representative Priscilla Nyokabi.