Only dialogue will solve your dispute, DP tells Taita Taveta

Monday, September 16th, 2019 00:00 |
Deputy President William Ruto interacts with family of Kimega Ng’anda at Muguta village in Voi, yesterday. Photo/DPPS


Deputy President William Ruto has urged Taita Taveta county leaders to sort out their differences amicably without resorting to dissolving the county.

He said by calling for the dissolution of the county, the leaders were eroding the gains made through devolution.

Speaking yesterday during a church service at Buguta grounds in Taita Taveta, Ruto asked area leaders to put aside their differences and take a common stand in addressing challenges facing residents.

“The solution of problems facing Taita Taveta county cannot be solved by moving from one office to another in Nairobi. They can be solved here at the grassroots if you put aside your differences and work together,” he said.

 He said leaders should embrace dialogue in solving differences, adding that wrangles and chaos were subjecting the electorate to untold suffering.

Ruto was accompanied by MPs John Mlolwa (Voi), Lydia Haika (Taita Taveta Woman Rep), Kassim Tandaza (Matuga), Danson Mwashako (Wundanyi), Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga), Benjamin Tayari (Kinango) and Vincent Mogaka (West Mugirango).

The DP said devolution has transformed the lives of millions of Kenyans, and asked why leaders in Taita Taveta were calling for the dissolution of the county.

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“As leaders, I want to ask you to discourage wrangles and chaos. You were elected to serve the people. Calling for dissolution of your county is not a solution at all to your problems. There is no need for arrogance,” he said.

 He said the National government was ready to partner with counties on development matters, but would not be party to quarrels and confusion among leaders.

Ruto said he would continue to work with all leaders, and urged them to shun the politics of deceit and ethnicity.

 Earlier, the MPs said they would not support a review of the Constitution, “whose basis is  benefitting a few”.

  Speaking in Shimba Hills in Kwale county when they accompanied Ruto for a prayer service, the leaders said the proposed referendum would be a burden to the country.

 Haika said changing the Constitution was not a solution to challenges facing Kenyans.

 Mogaka said he would oppose any changes to the Constitution that are aimed at burdening the electorate further.

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