DP Ruto urges Wamalwa to join Jubilee to outshine CORD in 2017
23 November 2015, 08:11
Bungoma- Deputy President William Ruto has called on all political parties affiliated to Jubilee coalition to dissolve and join a new political outfit to be unveiled in December this year.
He said they will use the new outfit to outshine Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) in 2017 general elections.
Speaking at Kimilili boy's high school during a funds drive in aid of St Leo the Great Catholic church, Ruto said they will not tolerate small parties that promote ethnicity in the country.
"You must join us in forming one formidable party. We don't need small ethnic and tribal political parties; we need a strong party that represents the face of Kenya," said Ruto.
He called on Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa to allow his New Ford Kenya party to join the new party to be guaranteed a share in the next government.
"Wamalwa, you have to be strategic; avoid pulling hot and cold, bring your party so that we form a tough force. Last time you failed because of not making tough decisions and we have brought you on board. Let's work together for the sake of unity," he said.
The DP said the decision to form one big party is to reduce ethnicity and tribalism, adding that TNA which has over 90 Mps and United Republican Party with more than 70 MPs have made a decision to dissolve their parties and join the new party while NFK with 7 to 9 are still reluctant.
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Ruto noted that they will not allow small parties that have refused to dissolve and join them now to ask for an agreement to be accommodated if they form the government in 2017.
"Come to the table now and let's join hands together; don't ask for a place to fit in after the next general election. Sometimes we have to make tough commitment to unite this country," he said.
The DP at the same time asked Kenyans to remain united during the papal visit on Wednesday.
"Let's remain calm, prayerful and avoid tribalism as the country prepares for the Pope's visit," he said.
He pointed out that President Uhuru Kenyatta and him are committed to ensuring that they develop the country by setting up many development projects that will help Kenyans.
He said they were elected to serve all Kenyans and that is why the Jubilee administration has set aside KES 400 million for Bungoma Referral Hospital and KES 300 million for Webuye Sub County hospital among other development projects.
Wamalwa distanced himself from active political campaigns saying that he is committed to ensure all Kenyans get water.
"We are working hard to make sure that the country economy grows and Kenyans prosper; we don't want to listen to opposition because they are discrediting the Jubilee administration and slowing down our development agenda," said Wamalwa.
He called on residents of Bungoma to support the Jubilee administration for the sake of development.
"Last week President Kenyatta and his deputy granted Kibabii university a charter, commissioned the border point custom desk at Lwakhakha, launched Chesikaki Kimama water project and commissioned the tarmacking of Chwele Lwakhakha road, that is the development we want," said the CS.
Kimilili MP Suleiman Murunga said he will work with the government for the sake of development in his area.
He said the area has been marginalized and they are not ready to be in opposition.
"We have suffered and its time that we should also reap from the government of the day. Development only comes from the day; let it help our marginalized people," Murunga said.
Bungoma County women representative Reginalda Wanyonyi called on the Government to set up a constituent college of Kibabii University at Matili area in Kimilili constituency and fund raise for the women groups.
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