Uhuru the most hardworking man I know, Ruto says
11 December 2015, 14:30
Nairobi - DP William Ruto has defended President Uhuru Kenyatta's foreign trips, saying the President is the most hardworking person he knows.
The President has been under-fire over the numerous trips he usually undertakes outside the country, with opposition leaders and civil activists complaining roundly that travels too much in the process.
However, the President has refused the assertions, claiming that there is need for him to make the trips more often than not because there are usually high level discussions involved.
And Ruto has now backed him up, saying that the President usually attends all the meetings that he is scheduled to abroad and does not joyride as some think.
" The President goes for these trips because he needs to. They are very necessary because he is our diplomat number one and needs to be there," he said.
" There is no joyriding. He is the most hardworking man I know and I am being honest here. He is a very articulate man and likes things done in the right manner," he added.
Ruto though, speaking in Nairobi during a Public Service awards programme, was forced to defend the trips, saying that they do bring value to the nation.
" There is serious evidence Kenya is getting value out of these engagements and as a country we are proud of what the President is doing. I want to persuade those with a contrary opinion that Kenya is going places and getting a new profile diplomatically and economically, and as the regional leader," Ruto claimed.
Detractors have also had a go at the size of the President's entourage, described as huge and unnecessary and costing taxpayers millions of shillings.
Ruto is unperturbed.
" The country is winning and if the trips ensure we keep winning, he will continue with them," he added.
The president is estimated to have made as much as 55 trips outside the country in 2015 alone.
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