NAIROBI, Kenya, May 5 – Deputy president William Ruto has once again told off his political critics including ODM leader Raila Odinga opposed to his church donations and claiming his contributions are ‘dirty money.’
Speaking in Wajir where he attended a harambee for the construction of a Madrassa, Ruto said that they should instead focus on their parties which they need to bring to order.
He says instead of attacking him, they should talk more on development issues which will bring needed changes to Kenyans and help them in their 2022 bid.
“I want to advise these people that they should leave Ruto alone. They should go and look for ideas and programs they can sell to Kenyans so that everyone can listen then compare with what the Jubilee Party is offering,” he stated.
He cautioned that he would continue supporting churches as his faith allowed him and stated that he will not relent in the face of any accusations.
“if they continue with this issue of Ruto, what befell then in 2017 will occur again twice over. They are talking about individual people. They do not want to talk about development issues. This is because they have no plan at all. They are focused only on rumours and I want to give the free advice. They should leave Ruto alone and organize themselves,” he stated.
Ruto’s donations to the church have been the subject of heated debate with a number of leaders questioning the source of his money.
National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale reiterated his sentiments saying that faith comes before any political titles.
“I am very surprised with many who call themselves Christians who say that we should not build churches and even donate money to build Mosques or even Madrassas. God tells us to build his home be it churches, Mosques or even Madrassas,” he stated.
During the meeting, other Jubilee leaders reiterated their support to the party saying they were determined to ensure that the politics of Kenya is oriented to transforming the country.
The more than 15 leaders who accompanied Deputy President William Ruto in Wajir County for the launch of various development projects said they were in Jubilee to stay.
They said the party was founded on the premise of uniting all communities and developing Kenya, and anyone seeking to bring it down “is an enemy of the people”.
The leaders included Governors Mohamed Abdi Mohamud (Wajir), Mohammed Kuti (Isiolo), MPs Aden Duale (Garissa Township), Rashid Kassim (Wajir East), Ahmed Kolosh (Wajir West), Mohammed Sheikh Omar (Wajir South), Anab Subow Gure (Woman Rep, Garissa) and Ahmed Bashane (Tarbaj).
Others were Rehema Jaldesa (Woman Rep, Isiolo), Sophia Noor (Ijara), Adan Keynan (Eldas), Christopher Nakuleu (Turkana North), Kimani Ichung’wah (Kikuyu) and Mandera Senator Mahamud Maalim.
The leaders said it was unfortunate that some politicians had congregated to fight Ruto rather than sell their agenda to Kenyans.
“Of what value are these anti-Ruto campaigns to citizens? Common-sense dictates that you criticise your competition through issues and development programmes, not petty attacks. Even with these fights, we assure Dr Ruto of our support,” said the Wajir South MP.
The Isiolo and Wajir Governors said Northern Kenya would continue rallying behind the Deputy President “because you are there when we need you.”
They added that leaders from the region would intensify their support for Jubilee Party ahead of 2022 election and ensure Ruto succeeds President Uhuru Kenyatta.