Written by Leonard Wamalwa
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The Eldoret North Mp William Ruto addressing the residents of Makutano in West pokot County during his Rift Valley political tour in the region. [PHOTOS | leonard Wamlwa]
Eldoret North Member of parliament who is also a presidential aspirant on the United Republican Party – URP has called on the coalition government to ensure equitable distribution in the country.
Ruto has noted that many parts of the country have been discriminated against by the regimes that have ruled this country since independence especially the pastoral areas.
Speaking in Makutano Stadium in West Pokot County during a URP public rally, the MP also called on the government to re-consider the 15% allocations meant for counties saying the amount was not sufficient to meet the high demands of development projects that have lagged behind in most of the counties.
“We as URP we are saying that the 15 per cent allocation of resources from the national kitty to the counties is not enough and thus it should be raised to 30% so as to meet the economic challenges being faced by many counties,” said Ruto.
Ruto called on the government to ensure the country’s security is safeguarded so as to provide an appropriate environment for economic developments.
“All Kenyans have a right to security which is key to the country’s economic development. Security and peace shall see different sectors improve and have the economy of the country whereby the agriculture sector, the tourism among other sectors shall do well and have investors flock in the country ,” said Ruto.
The URP political leaders Information Minister Samuel poghisio, Eldoret North Mp William Ruto, Dujis Mp Aden Duale and former National Speaker Francis ole Kaparo dancing with the pokot dancers.
On politics Ruto reminded the crowd that the forthcoming elections shall be between the people who talk about reforms and those who perform hence the electorate should know the kind of leaders they want to vote in.
“Next year’s election will be a contest between those who are focused on empty talk and those who have Kenyans at heart,” he said
At the same time, other URP party leaders criticized a section of Mps for claims that former internal minister George Saitoti and his assistant Joshua Orwa Ojode were assassinated by drug barons.
Speaking in the same rally, the leaders accused the legislators of using their parliamentary privileges to make claims that cannot be substantiated.
Dujis MP Aden ADuale urged the MPS to avail any evidence they have about the claims to the special commission appointed to look in to the chopper crash or to record statements at police stations across the country instead of causing unnecessary alarm especially during this time when the country is gearing towards general elections.
“I urge my colleagues not to use their parliamentary privilege to cause propaganda that cannot be substantiated but instead to give any evidence they have to the appointed commission or Police if they feel they have evidence to confirm that the two ministers and others in the chopper were assassinated,” said Mr. Duale.
Meanwhile the URP chairman Francis Ole Kaparo told the crowd that the party is slated to conduct its elections in August to elect leaders right from the ward level across the country.
“We shall start our countrywide party elections on August 29 to elect officials at ward, constituency and county level and I assure you that the exercise shall be free and fair,” said the former House speaker.
Earlier on in the day, the leaders had addressed another public rally in Sigor in Central Pokot.
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