Ruto endorses Kalonzo’s move to join Jubilee


Ruto endorses Kalonzo's move to join Jubilee
Deputy President William Ruto at Ngunga Catholic Church, Matungulu, Machakos County. PHOTO| DPPS

In Summary

  • Speaking on Sunday at a church service in Machakos County, DP Ruto lauded Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka for rallying his party members in supporting the Jubilee government's agenda, saying the move was selfless.
  • On Saturday, Wiper's National Executive Council held a meeting at the party's headquarters in Karen, Nairobi, where they reportedly resolved to team up with the government.
  • Addressing the media after the meeting, Musyoka said the government had shown commitment in fighting corruption, adding that they would support the course.

Deputy President William Ruto has welcomed the decision by the Wiper Democratic Movement to work with President Uhuru Kenyatta in the achievement of the government’s Big Four agenda.

Speaking on Sunday at a church service in Machakos County, DP Ruto lauded Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka for rallying his party members in supporting the Jubilee government’s agenda, saying the move was selfless.

“The decision by Wiper and their leaders led by Kalonzo Musyoka to join Jubilee is a very important decision. As the government and Jubilee Party, we welcome the partnership of all parties, most recently the Wiper party. We welcome them so that we can work together as leaders and focus our attention, energy and effort in ensuring we transform our country,” said Ruto.

“Matters of roads, water, education, jobs, universal healthcare… Those are the issues that should now occupy us as leaders as we work together to ensure that our country is better than it is today.”

On Saturday, Wiper’s National Executive Council held a meeting at the party’s headquarters in Karen, Nairobi, where they reportedly resolved to team up with the government.

Addressing the media after the meeting, Musyoka said the government had shown commitment in fighting corruption, adding that they would support the course.

“After consultations with our greater membership and party structures, we commit to work with President Uhuru Kenyatta in his fight against corruption as well as his broad agenda of transforming this country under the Big Four agenda,” said Kalonzo Musyoka.

“Our nation has always been equipped to serve the needs of all Kenyans and spur economic progress but rampant corruption has been a major hindrance. We therefore laud President Kenyatta’s effort to decisively deal with corruption and set the stage for the Big Four agenda.”

Kalonzo was, however not present at the church service attended by Ruto in Machakos.

The deputy president urged leaders to shun divisive politics and focus their energies on serving Kenyans.

“We held the elections, spoke about parties and leadership positions… those who were lucky were awarded those who didn’t there is a next time. What is now left is to deliver services to Kenyans,” said Ruto.

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