‘We have the numbers to transform Kenya’ – Ruto tells Kenya Kwanza MPs

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 19 Feb, 2024 11:46 | 2 mins read
President William Ruto addressing Kenya Kwanza lawmakers during a joint national Executive retreat and Parliamentary Group consultative meeting in Naivasha on February 19, 2024. PHOTO/X (@WilliamsRuto)

President William Ruto has called on Kenya Kwanza lawmakers to work together with the Executive towards the realisation of the Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda.

Speaking on Monday, February 19, 2024, in Naivasha, Nakuru County where the Kenya Kwanza MPs and Senators are holding a retreat with the Executive, Ruto stressed that political leaders must have the courage to prioritise what is right for the country for his administration to achieve its objectives.

Ruto stressed that the Kenya Kwanza manifesto if implemented could transform Kenya, reminding the lawmakers that the ruling coalition has the majority in both Houses of Parliament.

"We have a manifesto that I believe, if implemented, and when implemented, it can transform Kenya. We have the numbers, both in the Senate and in the National Assembly, to assist us to change Kenya.
I want to urge you. I know there is always a temptation to do what politicians do. And that is to focus on the next election. I want to urge you. Let's do what leaders would do. Let's focus on the transformation of our country. And let us focus on what contribution we can make to change the destiny of our country by focusing on the next generation," Ruto said.

"In our manifesto, we were very clear where we wanted to take Kenya, we were clear how we were going to deliver jobs, health, food security and we went to the people who gave us a mandate against a very difficult political terrain, we must stay focused and deliver on its mandate," he added.

The President additionally lashed out at Kenya Kwanza MPs who criticize his policies, insisting that the renegade lawmakers are part and parcel of the government.

“There is no other government in Parliament, you are the government, so stop pointing at the government because you are the government,” Ruto said.

Ruto further implored Kenya Kwanza lawmakers to support the government’s controversial Affordable Housing Programme.

He said the project was part of the campaign manifesto sold to Kenyans as part of his key anchor for the creation of jobs across the country.

“The housing programme has already created jobs and everywhere where we have these projects there are jobs and the crime rate has gone down like places like Kiambu. We will implement the Housing Programme, I don’t want to say by all means possible, but I have said we will implement," Ruto said.

Some Kenya Kwanza MPs including Githunguri lawmaker Gathoni Wamuchomba have been openly critical of Ruto's Affordable Housing Programme.

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