I will create the ministry of the diaspora – DP Ruto
Vice President William Ruto has pledged to create a full-fledged ministry dedicated to diaspora issues due to their key participation in the country’s economy.
Ruto, who virtually addressed Kenyans in the United States of America (United States) at the opening of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party offices in Seattle, Wash., Said that members of the diaspora were returning billions of shillings and their contribution to economic well-being. of the country could not be contradicted.
Ruto addressed his supporters on Saturday, June 19, 2021, around 7 a.m. KST.
The diaspora ministry, said Ruto, will function as the decentralization ministry and seek to address the challenges facing Kenyans in all regions of the world and their positive contribution to the Kenyan economy.
Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata, who represented Ruto during the opening remarks of the UDA meeting, said Kenyans in the diaspora are very keen on a Ruto presidency to come to fruition.
“The Kenyans I have interacted with look forward to 2022 when Ruto succeeds President Uhuru Kenyatta. They are excited about the bottom-up economic model and their intended inclusion in the country’s management issues,” Kang’ata said. .
Ruto’s opening of the UDA office in the United States is part of his strategy to expand his networks and appeal to diaspora voters.
The Seattle office is expected to coordinate the party’s activities, including registering diaspora members and mobilizing campaign resources in the United States and Canada.
Two months ago, Ruto held a six-hour virtual meeting with Kenyans in the United States, the Middle East, South Africa and Australia as he traveled to charm the Diaspora.
In the 2017 general elections, the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) limited the voting exercise to the five countries of East and Southern Africa, Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Uganda. South Africa.
President Uhuru Kenyatta won 1,504 votes ahead of National Super Alliance (NASA) candidate Raila Odinga, who won 1,321 votes.
Uhuru won in Uganda, South Africa and Rwanda.
Raila emerged victorious in Tanzania and Burundi where he collected 394 and 48 votes, respectively 393 and 47 votes for Uhuru.
Legally, Kenya’s constitution mandates the IEBC to register all Kenyans in the diaspora who are eligible to vote but are only allowed to vote for the president.
While the DP team was busy with diaspora voters, he presided over the empowerment of reformed Akirimet warriors yesterday in Sigor constituency, West Pokot County, where he attacked his competitors by tribal politics.
“On the ground, the problems are very difficult. There are those who are used to using us and who thrive on lies that tribalism is the problem and so we should amend the constitution to get positions, we them. let’s say the problem is not tribalism but economic disease, ”said Ruto.
He added: “We need to revive the economy. Everyone is in pain and wants to be empowered to do business and have money. This can be achieved through a change of business model, a bottom-up approach. People’s problem is money and they need to stop lying to us. Stop the problems of changing the constitution, change the policies instead, that is what is important. ”
The DP praised the socio-economic transformation underway in the northern region of Kenya, saying it is encouraging.
“The infrastructure program in the region is changing lives. At the center of this transformation is peaceful coexistence. I am happy that communities embrace peace as they abandon backward activities such as cattle rustling and go into business and agriculture. This is the way to go, ”he noted.
Ruto said that upgrading infrastructure and equipping educational institutions, even in marginal areas, advance the country’s broad and inclusive transformation agenda, ensuring a fair chance for everyone to succeed.