President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto in Eldoret as Dictontent casts long shadow on North Rift tour


Kimutai Korir,
17.12.13 06.30AM

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President were in Eldoret on Monday to thank North Rift residents for voting overwhelmingly for Jubilee coalition in the last General Election, but the meeting turned into a tongue lashing against Nandi Hills Legislator Alfred Ketter.

Nandi Hills MP Alfred Ketter raised temperatures claiming United Republican Party was getting a raw deal yet the party and Mr Uhuru’s TNA signed a 50:50 coalition deal. Ketter who was cheered wildly,further added that there was massive corruption in the procurement of the standard gauge railway. He also protested Uhuru’s decision to retain government officials who allegedly fixed the deputy president in his ICC case.

Speaker after speaker hit out at Ketter,warning him against being used by unscrupulous businessmen to fight the Government after they were denied government contracts.

There have been allegations that Mombasa based business man David Langat was behind Ketter’s attacks on Jubilee government after he failed to secure the standard gauge railway tender. Langat largely funded URP party during campaigns for the last general elections.

Uasin Gishu County Women Representative Eusila Ngeny also took a swipe on Ruto over his recent announcement that the government was planning to retrench civil servants. Ngeny said the announcement was creating anxiety in Rift Valley, whose residents fear what befell them in 2003 when Telkom employees were retrenched may repeat itself.

All other leaders sought to defend Jubilee from the accusations, collectively saying the government was still young to be criticized. Kapseret MP Oscar Sudy,who was heckled,claimed the hecklers had been paid to distrupt the meeting sentiment which were echoed by Majority Leader Aden Duale.

“We know some brokers have received favours, including money and hiring of choppers, to wreck the Jubilee government from within,” said Duale

Elgeiyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen pacified the crowd when he spoke in Kalenjin. He assured them that they were firmly in goverment and no one was sidelining URP. Uasin Governor Jackson Mandago who seemed rather agitated by the turnout of events said he wouldn’t sit arms down as MP’s from outside his county abuse the Jubilee Government.

Deputy President also switched to Kalenjin to reach more ears and probably to be more convincing, asked them to forget the past, and grapple with the present and the future.He said he and President Kenyatta were out to unite Kenya and asked for support.

Ruto explained in Kalenjin why sacking of some individuals will have negative repercussions on the Jubilee government,The crowd cheered wildly seemingly convinced by Ruto’s talk.

When President Kenyatta rose to address the meeting, he told youthful MPs to go slow in their politics and warned them against being used by disgruntled businessmen to fight the Government.