12 April 2014

Kenya: Anti-Terror War Not Negotiable, Says Ruto

Photo: Daniel Finnan/RFI
A biometric voter identification machine (file photo): Kenyans to be registered digitally afresh.

Murang'a — Deputy President William Ruto has said the government is not ready to negotiate with any group of persons hindering peace efforts in the country.

He says the government will not engage in discussions over the issue since it has a constitutional mandate to ensure security for all Kenyans.

"Let it be clear that there will be no debate or discussions on our resolve to crackdown on all criminal gangs terrorising wananchi in any part of this country. We must win the war against terror," said Ruto.

The Deputy President made the remarks during a thanksgiving service for Murang'a Woman Representative Sabina Chege as well as a fund-raiser for United Women Sacco, Murang'a attended by more than 19 MPs drawn from Senate and National Assembly.

The Deputy President assured that the government will do everything possible to ensure law and order is maintained across the country to enable citizens engage in development without fear of being attacked.

"We have decided that there will be no room for acts of lawlessness in any part of this country. We will go after these criminal gangs in wherever they will go to," said Ruto.

He reiterated that the Jubilee administration was ready and willing to work with all elected leaders in the country irrespective of their political affiliation in order to realise meaningful development.

Ruto said that Jubilee leadership pledged to unite the country and ensure a conducive environment for the realisation of national development agenda that would benefit every Kenyan regardless of their social-political and economic background.

"We are ready to work with all Kenyans and their leaders in pursuit of development agenda for the country and grow our economy," he said.

He told leaders to focus their attention on service delivery adding that time for politicking was over.

"Leaders should put aside their political differences and work for the common good of the people who elected us. We have no room for conflicts on religion or tribal issues," said Ruto.

He directed the provincial administration in Murang'a to ensure the management of Delmonte and Kakuzi created a route for the locals to access to their homes.

He wondered why some people in the area were still being required to get passes to access their homes.

"Where in this independent Kenya people still need passes to get into their homes. No way. Kakuzi and Delmonte should open roads for the people to get to their homes," said Ruto.

Among those who attended the function were Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso and Senator Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo/Marakwet).

MPs Michael Munyao (Mbooni), Ayub Savula (Lugari) , Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo), Sonia Birdi (nominated), Sarah Nyakobi (nominated), Abdul-Aziz Farah (Mandera East), Priscilla Nyokabi (Nyeri Women MP), Njoroge (Kasarani), Mburu Karungaru (Lari), Ronald Tanui (Bomet), Peter Mwangi (Maragwa) and Irungu Kangata (Kiharu), Halima Ware (Women MP Tana River) were also present.

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