Ruto: I will not be intimidated

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Deputy President William Ruto addresses worshippers at Itiero Girls' Secondary School in Kisii County during the consecration of Bishop Joseph Omwoyo of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, February 2, 2020.

Deputy President William Ruto says he will continue to perform his Constitutional duties without any intimidation from any quarters.

Speaking at Itierio grounds, Kisii County during the consecration of the Second Diocesan Bishop Rev Joseph Omwoyo Ombasa yesterday, Ruto said he will continue with projects that benefit the community.

The DP said he will continue to perform his duties as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s principal deputy, despite those trying to push him aside. “I earn my salary as the deputy president and will do the work of the deputy president,” he said. On the issue of the Building Bridges Initiative, the deputy president asked the leaders to remain calm and have some patience.

“Kenya doesn’t need any kingship, bravado and conman-ship. Leaders must be ready to listen to both the meekly and weak. We must be ready to build genuine bridges and avoid the ongoing political infighting and chest-thumping.”

Dr Ruto also asked leaders to be honest in their conversations on the BBI adding that leaders should respect and accommodate divergent views in the BBI process if it is to succeed. “We are building bridges of friendship and development; let us stop any underlying hypocrisies and unite the country,” he said.

The DP added that said it was time politicians stopped thinking within the confines of their political parties and accepted that “we belong to one country”.

Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi, South Mugirango MP Slyvanous Osoro and his Bomachoge Chache counterpart Alfa Miruka said they would continue to support Ruto towards his 2022 presidential bid.

MP Osoro called for genuine inclusivity in the ongoing BBI campaigns, saying there are plans to undermine leaders perceived to be supporting the deputy president.