- The MP says claims of dishonoured promises are malicious, politically-motivated.
- Ruto had hailed Mueni’s small business as an exemplar of the ‘bottom-up’.
Machakos Town MP Victor Kioko has defended Deputy President William Ruto over claims he failed to honour a promise to a Machakos maize hawker.
In a campaign tour to Machakos County last May, Ruto bought a packet of green maize from Elizabeth Mueni at some KSh10,000. On July 9, he invited her to his Karen residence in Nairobi, whereupon he made several promises that would turnaround Mueni’s life and that of her children.
“Mama Mueni’s dream is to give her two children a different life- a good life,” said Ruto shortly after the meeting. “This is exactly what the bottom-up economic model is about; delivering empowerment to Kenyans like Mama Elizabeth.”
Ruto reportedly offered her KSh200,000 to support her business, and extra help in form of school fees for the children.
Fees to Machakos School
Kioko maintains that the promise was kept, and claims that DP Ruto sidestepped on his word are just a ploy by his political enemies.
“When the daughter (Mueni’s) came she was expectant. I personally negotiated with an institution to admit her due to the challenges she was facing. The institution agreed to host her and serve as her exam centre for the Class Eight KCPE exams. I paid KSh25,000 which was to cover for the whole year and fee for the final KCPE exam,” the legislator says.
Mueni’s daughter is however said to have absconded school after only five weeks.
“Elizabeth Mueni is a good person. It is unfortunate that political busybodies and agents of evil are busy concocting lies about DP William Ruto’s assistance,” Kioko adds.