Deputy President William Ruto has hit out at ODM leaders led by House leadership in Parliament John Mbadi and Junet Mohammed who opposed his visit to South Nyanza.
He asked elected leaders to shun petty politics and embrace the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila.
In a veiled attack on area leaders who snubbed his visit in Homa bay and Migori, Ruto said that no one should think they had more say than Uhuru and Raila.
“Si munaona ata Agwambo amekubali tushirikiane, kama Agwambo amekubali tushirikiane wewe ni nani hapa katikati kutuambia ya kwamba hatuwezi kushirikiana (You have seen even Agwambo (Raila’s nickname) has agreed that we work together. If Raila has agreed for us to work together, who are you to say that we cannot work together?),” he said.
He added that elected leaders should set aside their political differences and focus on the implementation of development projects that will transform the country.
He dismissed those criticizing him for touring Nyanza saying he is the deputy president for the whole country.
“I am the Deputy President and you know you are paying me a salary and I must do the work you are paying me for,” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by Migori Governor Okoth Obado who welcomed the DP in Migori County during his development tour of the county on Monday.
“We are very blessed that the Deputy President has come here to initiate development projects. That is the development we want. As Migori residents we love visitors and love peace as well,” Obado said.
The Deputy President promised to return to Migori County in February next year to conduct a fund-raiser for all the churches in the region.
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