The differences between President Uhuru Kenyatta and deputy president William Ruto continue to visibly manifest in various developments in the political space.
Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho is not new to situations and media reports about the predicament that the Jubilee government is in.
On Friday, February 14, Kibicho arrived at Kirinyaga County on a mission to follow up on President Kenyatta’s promises to the county residents, whereas Ruto was scheduled to arrive at Kiburia Girls Secondary School in the same county for an education empowerment program.
According to a reporter at the county, the PS was sent by the head of state to check on the progress of the implementation of his vow that rice farmers would be well considered by his government.
“Kibicho is here to personally get a report for the president from the rice farmers on whether the price increment order was implemented.
“He will also check on the progress of construction of the Wang’uru Stadium which the president promised to the locals for sporting activities,” remarked the reporter.
As an indication of clarity of the government’s representation through Kibicho, the PS was accompanied by six other principal secretaries.
The PSs included Belio Kipsang (Basic Education), Gordon Kihalangwa (Public Works), Paul Maringa (Infrastructure), Zeinab Hussein (Correctional Services) and Johnson Weru (Trade).
Kibicho started his Kirinyaga county tour at Karoti Girls’ High School for an annual prize-giving ceremony.
On his part, Deputy President William Ruto was expected at Kiburia Girls High School for another school event.
DP Ruto started his day by attending a funds drive Giakanja Boys High School in Nyeri County in aid of the school’s infrastructure projects.
Ruto was hosted by Nyeri Woman Representative Rahab Mukami.
During a tour in Nyandarua on January 31, President Uhuru Kenyatta stated that he will no longer send people around him to inspect projects since they had failed him.
The visibly agitated President noted that some projects had failed to start because those he sent had started focusing on their own selfish needs.
“I no longer trust anyone…Those I used to send to represent me to ensure that development projects are on the right track started behaving like hyenas and doing their own things to enrich themselves.
“Let no one cheat you; from today, I am not sending anyone to help me. I’ll do it on my own,” remarked the president.
During a visit to Kirinyaga on Saturday, February 1, President Uhuru Kenyatta assured Mwea residents of the government’s commitment to addressing challenges facing rice farmers in the region.
Addressing locals at Wang’uru Stadium in Kirinyaga County after touring the Mwea Rice Millers (MRM), the president directed all government institutions to only buy locally produced rice to ensure farmers reap maximum returns from their hard work.
The head of state also ordered the Kenya National Trading Corporation (KNTC) to buy rice from the farmers at a cost of Ksh 85 per kilo of paddy instead of the current Ksh 70.
“We said when we ushered in the new year that this year we would like to address the various problems facing the farmers. We know here in Mwea there have been problems. We are working towards addressing those problems,” remarked the president.