Deputy President William Ruto met Senators and Members of Parliament earlier this week in a bid to to stem boiling political discontent in Rift Valley.
In what could be seen as a political move to quell tension following outrage by United Republic Party MP’s over skewed appointment in the Jubilee government,the Legislators were told President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to tour Rift Valley towns next week.
The towns to be visited include Bomet,Kericho,Kapsabet and Eldoret.
Nearly 50 MPs attended the closed door meeting at Mr Ruto’s Harambee Avenue office. The Legislators said they were concerned with the ways of the Deputy President who they claim has become increasingly inaccessible. They also raised their concern over Ruto’s Chief of Staff Maryanne Keitany who they termed abrasive and incompetent.
“The meeting is being used to test the waters. However our people are waiting for tangible responses. We want our people in jobs and we don’t expect Jubilee leaders to tell us they are planning to retrench —we were promised jobs,” said Nandi Hills MP Alfred Ketter.
He said the region was concerned that the sharing of jobs had not been completely effected after the formation of the Cabinet, adding that signs of skewed appointments and corruption were creeping back.
Ketter also urged the President and his Deputy to tame Majority Leader Aden Duale,saying “he is rocking the boat from within.” “We as Rift Valley MP’s are thinking of ejecting Mr Duale after the recess if he doesn’t show respect for other leaders. We can not take insults from him anymore,” Keter said.
Meanwhile Ainabkoi MP Samuel Chepkonga has taken a swipe against Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter and Bomet East MP Benard Bett saying the were speaking for themselves and not on behalf of URP Legislators.
Chepkonga said the two were jokers who are speaking only for themselves and they know it as he had confronted them and told them as such.