DP Ruto: Give Kenyans contracts worth less than Ksh1B, not foreigners

DP William Ruto during the ordination ceremony of regional bishops of the Pentecostal Evangelistic Fellowship ...
DP William Ruto during the ordination ceremony of regional bishops of the Pentecostal Evangelistic Fellowship of Africa (PEFA) Church at Karatina Stadium, Mathira, Nyeri County. Photo/DPPS

Deputy President William Ruto has endorsed a motion by Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua that seeks to protect locals jobs and contracts from foreigners.

The lawmaker plans to introduce a submission in Parliament that will ensure all contracts worth less than Ksh.1billion are awarded to Kenyans only.

This comes amid intensified concerns from different quarters that foreigners are crowding out Kenyan firms from tenders.

In a bid to enhance skills transfer to the locals, Mr Gachagua argues that foreigners would only be allowed to bid for contracts worth more than Sh1 billion on condition that they commit 30 per cent of the project workload to Kenyans.

“Our role as the government is to protect the interests of Kenyans,” said Mr Ruto.

He spoke on Saturday at the Karatina Stadium in Nyeri County during the ordination of Mount Kenya Pentecostal Evangelistic Fellowship of Africa (PEFA) bishops.

Mr Gachagua said it was unfortunate that foreigners were taking away jobs that Kenyans were capable of doing.

“We have no problem with foreigners, but let them do big jobs. They should not take the jobs that we can do,” he said.

Mr Ruto said the Government would partner with the church to support its initiative of spreading the gospel so as to have an upright society.

“I want you to know that as church leaders, we are your partners. There are many people that have not got a Bible in their own language. We will support the translation of the Bible to their languages,” noted Mr Ruto.

At the same time, the Deputy President said the government will support cash-crop farming through the distribution of subsidised inputs in the region and across the country in a bid to boost farmers’ incomes.

“We have also set aside Sh800 million for Mathira Water Project. This will not only assure ample supply of clean drinking water but also encourage irrigation farming,” he added.

PEFA’s presiding Bishop Joseph Kilioba lauded the Deputy President for spearheading the bible translation initiative that he said will help Kenyans read the bible in their native language.

Mr Ruto also launched the upgrading to bitumen standards of 6.6 kilometres Mwiyogo-Endarasha Road in Kieni constituency and addressed wananchi at PCEA Ragati Parish.

The Deputy President was accompanied by Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga, MPs Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Anthony Kiai (Mukurwe-ini), Gichimu Githinji (Gichugu), Senator Ephraim Maina (Nyeri County) and Rahab Mukami (Woman Rep, Nyeri County).

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