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Ruto warned against disrespecting President Kenyatta

21 May 2015, 08:06 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – A section of Bomet County legislators have criticized their area governor, Isaac Ruto following his claims that a land title deed issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta for the construction of a university was “fake.”

The seven legislators led by Bomet Senator, Wilfred Lesan asked Ruto to desist from pursuing selfish political gains on the location of the proposed Bomet University College and warned him against disrespecting President Kenyatta.

“We also consider such comments as reckless and demeaning to the person of His Excellency the President,” said Lesan.

Konoin MP, Sammy Koech said Ruto cannot term the title deed as illegal because he is the only one in the County disagreeing with other legislators on the location of the university despite engaging all County leaders on the project.

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“We had enough consultations on that project and seven of the top elected leaders from the County, with the exception of one leader, the Governor, agreed that we push for the processing of the title deed for the university land,” said Koech.

Bomet East MP, Benard Bett pointed out that all the elected leaders in the County, including MCAs had met in Bomet where they agreed that the university be set up in Bomet while its branch campuses opened in all other constituencies.

“The office of the Governor was represented in that meeting by the Deputy Governor and we had a consensus. Why is it that when all other leaders agree on one location, Ruto differs with the position and wants to portray the rest of us as wrong? It can only be a selfish move,” said Bett.

He said Ruto does not enjoy a larger mandate in decision-making on County development projects than the rest of equally elected leaders.  

However, the legislators welcomed the construction of the stadium, with Ruto claiming that the County government is putting it up at the contested parcel of land as the facility would benefit the university and the public.

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