Vice President William Ruto has rejected Martha Karua’s nomination as a co-candidate for the United One One Resolution in Kenya ahead of the August 9 general election.
Speaking in Kajiado County on Monday, May 16, Ruto opposed former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s decision to hand over responsibilities to amend the Karua constitution if the resolution wins the August election.
The second leader questioned whether Kenya is currently in a difficult economic situation and amending the 2010 Constitution is not a top priority for Kenyans.
“Our partner unveiled his partner and gave her the task of changing the constitution if they won. Kenyans want an economic stimulus, not a constitutional change,” Ruto explained.
Defending the responsibilities entrusted to Kenya’s first vice president, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, Ruto noted that he would be responsible for developing a new economic plan aimed at reviving the country’s economy.
“Yesterday [Sunday] I inaugurated [Mr.] Select as my candidate candidate and gave him the responsibility to design an economic plan for each county,” Ruto told Kajiado residents.
Ruto reiterated his plan to create job opportunities for more than four million unemployed youth and facilitate 10 million small and medium-sized businesses across the country. He also emphasized his leadership commitment to revitalize the agricultural sector through subsidies, agribusiness and value addition.
When the United Nations presidential candidate, Raila, nominated his running mate, Karua, he gave him the responsibility to promote constitutional reform. Odinga noted that Karua would also be the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs if they formed the next government.