Deputy President William Ruto says he can account for his nine years as second in command, putting to rest the oft question, “Why couldn’t he do all he’s promising to do if elected President, yet he’s in government?”
In an interview with a local radio station, Ruto said that as “substantive DP”, he was part and parcel of every development project by the Jubilee government. But in the second term (2017-current), “my duties were dispensed to Matiang’i (CS, Interior), and the rest because I opposed BBI (Building Bridges Initiative). I accepted because I respect my boss.”
“As DP, my constitutional duty is to advise the president. But he calls the shots. I can assure you that I have advised him to my level best,” he added.
Ruto said if elected President, he will not need to collect more money through the exchequer; just a different strategy.
He gave an example of the KSh4 billion gun factory in Ruiru, Kiambu County, which employs 100. He says he would have put the money in a housing project that would have employed 5,000 people. Bottom-up economy model is better than the current trickle-down model, he said.
Speaking on his track record in the Mwai Kibaki administration, Ruto said he did “exceptionally well” as Minister for Higher Education: “People stopped waiting for two years to be admitted to the university when I was Minister.”
He drew parallels between his tenure as DP and that of Mwai Kibaki. Kibaki deputised Moi for 15 years. “Kenyans say Kibaki left the best legacy as president. They don’t judge him as Moi’s deputy, they judge him on his term as president.”