Vice President William Ruto returned to the Ukambani region for the fourth time in ten days on Saturday as he improved his hunt for votes by pledging to create four million new jobs and form an inclusive government.
Dr Ruto, who has chaired two fundraisers for churches, spoke at a series of election rallies in Kitui Town, West Kitui and Mwingi Town, where he urged locals to compare his bottom-up economic program with promises offered by its competitors.
The DP has pledged to create four million new jobs in his first year in office if he is elected president in next year’s election. He pledged to adopt state-funded labor-intensive programs.
“We will revive the country’s economy by launching tax programs such as housing, agribusiness and the financing of labor-intensive small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to create millions of direct jobs. for unemployed youth.
He blamed the unemployment crisis for the collapse of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four program whose two main pillars – food security and housing, were to create jobs and therefore address other social challenges such as youth crime, depression.
“If we had not deviated from our original economic growth agenda, the housing program and agriculture-related projects would already have absorbed many unemployed youth, but as I said on Mashujaa Day, I will be relaunching the Big Four program next year, ”says Dr Ruto.
The DP told a congregation of pastors and imams in Kitui town that his UDA party had the support of 155 sitting deputies from all communities across the country.
“So far, the UDA is the largest parliamentary group in Kenya today, and we already outnumber the other political parties combined because our will is real to unite the country,” he said. he told religious leaders of the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (Kefri) Kitui Center.
He taunted his opponents from the ODM, Wiper, Amani National Congress and Ford-Kenya parties as having failed the test of unifying the country by leading predominantly ethnic groups unable to compete on a national platform.
Dr Ruto, who gave pastors and imams 2 million shillings, urged them to use their pulpit power to shape political narratives by educating the electorate to make sound ballot decisions.
“It is not enough for religious leaders to pray for the country. You have a duty to guide Kenyans because the type of leaders we elect influence the stability and prosperity of our country,” he said.
The leaders accompanying the vice president included MPs Victor Munyaka (Machakos town), UDA president Nimrod Mbai (Kitui East) Johnson Muthama, former rural Kitui MP Charles Nyamai and several UDA aspirants.
A fundraiser at Matinyani Africa Inland Church (AIC) almost turned unpleasant due to infighting among aspirants of the UDA party.
Three contenders for Kitui West’s parliamentary seat – Sammy Ngangi, Ben Muasya and Ben Mbai exchanged accusations as they tried to outdo themselves in front of Dr Ruto.
Mr. Muasya was booed inside the church by a group of women who demanded that he account for the money given to women’s groups by the DP before addressing the meeting.
Mr. Muasya had to cut his speech short in apparent embarrassment, while his rival Mr. Ngangi called for peace and respect for the church.
Similar internal struggles unfolded when aspirants seeking a UDA ticket to challenge the female representative position were invited to address the faithful. Dr Ruto donated another Sh2 million before going to AIC Kauwi Church where he donated Sh1 million.