The rift between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto continued to widen after the former dared Ruto to resign, saying one cannot “insult people” while also taking credit for the government’s success.
President Kenyatta took his deputy head on saying that he cannot be taking credit in a government he is criticizing.
“You cannot abuse the government with ‘one mouth’ and associate with our projects with ‘another mouth’. You should decide to either be with us or get out,” said President Kenyatta while addressing traders outside the newly commissioned Uthiru Hospital in Kiambu County.
President Kenyatta also castigated what he termed as “petty politics of division and balkanization” and noted the need to unite the people, not incite them against each other.
“We need to alleviate poverty. On the one hand unasema serikali ni mbaya (you criticise the government as bad) and on the other, you take credit for its successes.
He went on:” We’re not up for rhetoric. We want to see developments. Roads, agriculture and other developments must prosper. We’re determined to create jobs and build Kenya.”
“If we respect each other the government will be prosperous and peaceful for all. If you want us to work together to build Kenya, we will. I have no problem with that. I am not a disrespectful person.”
President Kenyatta also commissioned a water project ion Dagoretti.
While in Dagoretti, he asked the residents to back the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) adding that they should take the journey with him and “ignore naysayers”.
He also asked for support for the initiative that resulted from his handshake with Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga.
“Don’t listen to the opponents of the BBI, who are not even giving alternative solutions,” he said.