DP Ruto thanks ‘mature’ Embu MPs for not walking out on him


DP Ruto thanks 'mature' Embu MPs for not walking out on him
Deputy President William Ruto speaking at a function in Embu on Thursday, October 25, 2018. PHOTO| CITIZEN DIGITAL

In Summary

  • In a veiled attack, Ruto said storming out of a function for not being allowed to speak was an act of immaturity, urging leaders to understand that they must not speak at all public functions.
  • He thanked the Embu leaders who had accompanied him, saying they had shown "maturity and understanding" by not walking out on him for not being allowed to speak at the event.
  • The deputy president was speaking at the launch of the University of Embu Endowment Fund and opening of Prof George Magoha Library, in Manyatta, Embu County.

Deputy President William Ruto has lashed out at Members of Parliament who staged a walkout after they were denied a chance to address the public at a function attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Bomet on Monday.

In a veiled attack, Mr. Ruto said storming out of a function for not being allowed to speak was an act of immaturity, urging leaders to understand that they must not speak at all public functions.

The deputy president was speaking at the launch of the University of Embu Endowment Fund and opening of Prof George Magoha Library, in Manyatta, Embu County.

In a sarcastic comment, the DP thanked the Embu leaders who accompanied him saying they had shown “maturity and understanding” by not walking out on him for not being allowed to speak at the event.

“I want to thank the MPs here who accepted not to make statements and did not lead a walk out from the meetings like others elsewhere. It demonstrates maturity of these leaders and the understanding that this is a university occasion and we can always discuss other matters in other occasions,” said Ruto.

Embu leaders at the event included MPs Charles Njagagau (Mbeere North), Geoffrey King’ang’i (Mbeere South),  Erick Muchangi (Runyenjes), Cecily Mbarire (Nominated) and Woman-Rep Jane Wanjuki.

On Monday, five legislators from Bomet, who had gone to receive President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto at the Bomet University College grounds, walked out claiming they were not allowed to speak during the opening of the tuition block.

The legislators accused Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso of undermining them adding that they had “pressing” issues which they wanted Kenyatta and Ruto to address.

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