Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu on Tuesday evening directed a finger of blame towards Deputy President William Ruto over the growing unease in the populous Mt Kenya region.
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Wambugu, who is seen as an insider in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s camp, said the DP had been traversing the Mt Kenya region launching all manner of projects – often times without involving the relevant stakeholders.
The vocal leader of the Kieleweke team said some of the projects were launched by Ruto even before they were budgeted for – much to the ire of residents.
“We have had some projects merely because someone saw an advertisement. They then go ahead and launch on the ground long before funds are budgeted for the project. The project then stall which creates the impression that the government has done nothing. Last year, Ruto launched 48 projects in Mt Kenya, I challenge him to tell us how many have been implemented,” Wambugu said.
Source of rift between Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto
The DP’s forays in Mt Kenya, accompanied by local leaders, is largely seen as the source of perceived poor relations between him and President Kenyatta.
On Sunday, President Kenyatta angrily condemned the Ruto-allied MPs, accusing them of sabotaging his agenda for the community and the country.
Several MPs have since defied the President, accusing him of undermining divergent opinion.
An analysis by Pulse Live Kenya showed that in 2019, Ruto has had a total of 57 public functions outside Nairobi county.
Out of these, Mt Kenya has had the lion’s share of the DP’s attention with 24 visits; Rift Valley second with 13 while Western has had 10 visits.
The DP has visited Coast region on four occasions while North Eastern and Nyanza regions have enjoyed three tours. Lower eastern region, popularly known as Ukambani has had one tour from the DP since the year began.
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