Ruto tells off critics, says 2022 politics not top on his agenda


DP William Ruto at the launch of the Narok County Universal Health Coverage Programme on ...
DP William Ruto at the launch of the Narok County Universal Health Coverage Programme on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. Photo/DPPS

In Summary

  • He added that the Jubilee government has made strides towards achieving the Big 4 agenda and he fully supports the President towards leaving a legacy of a better Kenya.
  • During the event, the DP also announced that the government would ensure that all Kenyan youth get an opportunity to acquire higher education.
  • He revealed that all students seeking to join technical institutions next year will get a 30 percent bursary and a 40 percent loan for their studies.

Deputy President William Ruto has rubbished claims that he is more focused on 2022 politics as opposed to the Big 4 agenda.

Speaking at the launch of universal healthcare program in Narok County on Tuesday, the DP said his trips across the country are geared towards development and critics should desist from politicising his efforts.

“2022 is still far. This is the time to work for the nation through development projects. The issues that are there right now are not about politics, political parties or politicians. The issues present right now are about development,” he said.

He added that the Jubilee government has made strides towards achieving the Big 4 agenda and he fully supports the President towards leaving a legacy of a better Kenya.

During the event, the DP also announced that the government would ensure that all Kenyan youth get an opportunity to acquire higher education.

He revealed that all students seeking to join technical institutions next year will get a 30 percent bursary and a 40 percent loan for their studies.

“Because most of the youth are unemployed, as a government, we have decided to enhance education in technology, beginning January…so that youth will no longer miss an opportunity to join technical institutions,” he said.

He also lamented over increased cases of youth unemployment in the country, citing lack of relevant skills.

The DP reiterated his challenge to institutions of higher learning to amend their courses and ensure they churn out graduates who are employable.

In regards to the housing program that seeks to reduce the 6.5 million people living in slums, Mr. Ruto said the government plans to build half a million houses, which according to him will double up as an employment opportunity for the youth.

“We have also said we will put in place programs to improve agriculture in this agricultural county [Narok],” he added, saying that the government would work to increase agricultural produce five times more.

The DP also cited plans to expand electricity connection in the far flung areas of the country.

“In our program to increase the reach of electrical power in rural areas, we have reached about 40,000 homes in Narok, compared to the 8,000 in 2013. That is in Phase 1. We have initiated a phase 2, allocating 1.1 Billion to make sure we reach other 25,000 homes,” said Ruto.

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