Deputy President William Ruto has now said the stadiums could not be built because the money set aside for them was directed to other government projects.
Speaking during an interview with NTV on Thursday at his Karen home, the DP said the stadiums promise was not a personal promise but a government’s one.
“You make it look like I was to get money from my pocket to build the stadiums, this was a Jubilee administration pledge,” he said
Ruto denied that they lied to Kenyans saying, they have delivered on other projects like electricity, housing, roads and rail.
In a clip dated 2017, Ruto who had admitted that they had not delivered on the five stadiums project they pledged in 2013, said plans were underway to construct 11 world class stadiums.
“In six months’ time, the stadium in Wote will be complete as will that one in Chuka. In three months, the stadium in Moyale will be complete. In six months, another stadium in West Pokot will be complete and that will be historic. In a couple of months the stadium in Kiambu will be done. In a couple of months Nyeri stadium will be done. In Kisumu and Mombasa we have a few challenges, but once sorted, the stadiums will be ready, so instead of five (we promised in 2013), we have gone for 11 just to make it better,” Ruto had said in the viral clip.
The DP also appeared to blame the handshake and Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) for stalled Jubilee projects, saying the government had directed its energy and resources to the unity initiative at the expense of development.
“I think the handshake has also slowed down development because the government has channeled funds and energy towards that direction,’ said the DP.
Ruto, however, vowed to make sure that the promised stadiums are built before 2022 to end the debate once and for all.