William Ruto has responded to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s calls of him to resign if dissatisfied with his administration. Speaking in Taita Taveta on Tuesday, the DP told the president he was a man on a mission and will stay put in government and will not be cowed by threats and calls for him to move on.
”I am a man on a mission. I have no space to retreat and I don’t have the luxury to surrender,” a defiant Ruto told mourners at the burial of Mahoo MCA Ronald Sagurani a Jubilee MCA- who succumbed to Covid-19.
The DP who spoke at the burial which was earlier disrupted by police said he is keen to ensure the country achieves his bottom-up economic model which he believes will guarantee jobs for the youth.
Earlier Tuesday, police pulled down tents at the burial ceremony before his arrival, saying the family was planning to host a large crowd in contravention with the COVID-19 protocols.
“What happened in the morning was very shameful. I want to apologize on behalf of this government to the family and the people of Taveta over that disruption,” said Ruto.
Speaking to editors from State House in Nairobi on Monday, the Head of State said it is not right for DP Ruto to choose what government projects to take pride and credit in and which ones to distance himself from.
“I have an agenda that I was elected on, and that work must continue, and it would really be the honourable thing that if you’re not happy with it that you would actually step aside and allow those who want to move on, and then take your agenda to the people. Which is what happens in any normal democracy, because you can’t have your cake and eat it,” he said.
“You can’t, on the one hand, say ‘I’m not going,’ and then at the same time ‘I don’t agree.’ You’ve got to decide, because you must be principled in that endeavour. So that you don’t confuse people; on the one hand you want to sing the praises of a government, that you’re saying ‘we have done this’ and you want to ride on them, but yet on the other side of your mouth you’re talking another language.”