After Bomet Gov Rutto promised that he would work with Jubilee, the governor has released some slights against the party in a fresh statement. The county governor said he is ashamed of being a leader under Jubilee administration because of its failure to back devolution.
Gov Rutto said the administration is wheeling back history by delaying reforms and also trying to push the country into becoming a single-party state.
The governor said:
“In the constitution, Kenyans demanded service but they have taken us back to sycophancy.”
Addressing an audience at the Empatipat Emanyatta ceremony for the Orgilewi Maasai age set in Kitengela, Kajiado county, on Sunday, Gov Rutto said devolved system of governance and the release of funds to counties as mandated by the 2010 constitution are the only means to save the country.
Gov Rutto noted that he had been squabbling for two years since the 2013 general election, asking the administration for the 40 per cent financial resources for counties, yet he has not collected a dime. The Bomet Governor added that policy reforms have also been denied by the administration, accusing the force agency of becoming the property of the president against its mandate to serve all Kenyans.
The government further stated that the presidency has also failed Kenyans by leading them in the “wrong” direction and also for failing to uphold 2010 constitution.
“This Jubilee government has rubbished the 2010 constitution that took Kenyans many years of pain to fight for. Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto appear to believe Kenya is their personal property. I say that is wrong.”
“If 90 per cent, including me, have lost confidence in the IEBC, who are Uhuru and Ruto to declare that it will stay?”
He urged the government to listen to the plight of the people and dissolve IEBC as they are no longer trustworthy to handle the next election. Noting that this is the only way the country can have a peaceful, and credible election, the governor was quoted as telling Uhuru and Ruto:
“Understand that humans should not drink water from boreholes likes giraffes. Avail hospitals to all of them and devolve all financial resources to the counties as stated by the constitution.”
Cord defiantly marched to the offices of the IEBC in Nairobi for the removal of commissioners after police warned the party against indulging in such agitation. Police had to deploy tens of police officers to ensure that the protest didn’t hold.
On arrival, one of the protesters tried to scale the gate, police resorted to a blind dispersion that saw CORD principals being fired with teargas. Though the protest failed on Monday, some opposition leaders have vowed to carry out a more intense protest again.
On that account, more police officers have been sent to the IEBC over fears Cord will hold more demonstrations to forcefully remove commissioners.