Deputy President William Ruto has asked leaders to stop undermining development projects aimed at transforming the lives of Kenyans.
He said women and youth empowerment through cooperative societies is critical for their wellbeing and the rural communities.
“It’s our duty and responsibility as leaders and Government to support our Micro Small and Medium Enterprises because they are the biggest employer and they contribute the most to our development and Gross Domestic Product,” said Dr Ruto.
He expressed concern that some leaders have weaved a narrative to bastardise and criminalize development initiatives aimed at uplifting lives of Kenyans with the intention of ensuring the people remain poor so that they can continue using them to achieve their selfish ends.
Speaking at Ekerenyo and Rigoma grounds in Nyamira County on Monday, the Deputy President said Jubilee would continue to initiate development projects geared towards uplifting the lives of its people.
Present were MPs Joash Nyamoko (North Mugirango), Shadrack Mose (Kitutu Masaba), Vincent Mogaka (West Mugirango), Alpha Miruka ( Bomachoge Chache), Innocent Obiri (Bobasi), Oroo Ayioka (Bonchari), Ezekiel Machogu (Nyaribari Masaba), Sylvanus Osoro (South Mugirango), Jonah Mburu Lari) and Kisi deputy governor Joash Maangi.
Dr Ruto said some leaders have orchestrated and are driving a narrative that every government initiative has a corruption element in it because they have benefitted from keeping people in poverty and want to undermine every development to achieve their selfish ends.
“I want to tell those who are against what we are doing; you were against the Eurobond because you said it had an element of corruption; you were against northern collector tunnel because you said it was corrupt; you were against us building of railway because you said its corrupt; you are against raising money in churches; you are against any harambees even for women because you said it is corrupt,” he said.
“You are against any development in this nation because you believe the country should be poor so that people can continue to support you,” added the Deputy President.
The Deputy President asked leaders to make it their duty to ensure projects aimed at transforming the lives of the people in areas under their jurisdictions were implemented.
“I am telling you; we will work day and night to eliminate poverty in this nation so that your kingdom of poverty has no place in Kenya and the lord of poverty will have no space in our nation,” said Dr Ruto.
The Deputy President said leadership was an opportunity to initiate development projects that better the lives of the people and not an avenue to satisfy personal gain.
He said he would continue discharging his duties of helping President Uhuru Kenyatta in ensuring implementation of Government’s development projects.
The leaders, at the same time, told off those opposed to initialization of projects aimed at improving the lives of the people.
“There is difference between people who are mean and want people to remain poor so as to use their situation to achieve their selfish interests,” said Mr Osoro.