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  • 3rd Session of the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC) at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi.

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    Deputy President William Ruto is welcomed by National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich when he arrived at the the Kenya School of Government, Nairobi for the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC) conference. October 29th, 2014 PICTURE REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

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    The Deputy President greets other leaders on his arrival at the Kenya School of Government, Nairobi for the IBEC conference. October 29th, 2014 PICTURE REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

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    Deputy President William Ruto, Kiambu Governor William Kabogo (centre) Vice Chair of Council of Governors Salim Mvurya (behind) and Kenya School of Government Director General Ludeki Chweya (right) during the 3rd Session of the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC) at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi. October 29th, 2014 PICTURE REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

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    Deputy President William Ruto chairing the 3rd Session of the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC) at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi. October 29th, 2014 PICTURE REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

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  • 23rd Ordinary Summit of the African Union in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. June 26th, 2014 /DPPS

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    Deputy President William Ruto signs the visitors book during the 23rd Ordinary Summit of the African Union in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. June 26th, 2014

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    Deputy President William Ruto with some of the Heads of State from Africa at the 23rd Ordinary Summit of the African Union in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. June 26th, 2014

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    Deputy President William Ruto with some of the Heads of State from Africa at the 23rd Ordinary Summit of the African Union in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. June 26th, 2014

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    Cabinet Secretary for Defence, Raychelle Omamo at t he 23rd Ordinary Summit of the African Union in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. June 26th, 2014

  • Involve the Public in Law Making: DP Tells Counties

    Deputy President William Ruto has asked County Governments to involve the public in decision making for a smooth devolution process.

    He said that allowing Kenyans to offer their opinions and concerns as counties enact relevant pieces of legislation will enhance acceptance among citizens, and avoid unnecessary public outcry.
     
    Mr. Ruto maintained that citizen involvement in Public Finance Management will address the current challenges where people feel certain counties are passing outrageous laws on taxation.
     
    The Deputy President said this while addressing the 2nd Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council meeting at the Kenya School of Government.
     
    He said the Government was committed to ensuring that devolution succeeds.
     
    “A central plank of the Jubilee’s Manifesto was the unequivocal commitment to Kenya that, in Government, we would fully implement the constitution both in letter and in spirit’’, he said.

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    The Deputy President chats with Trans-Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba at the Kenya School of Government during the 2nd Inter-Governmental Budget and Economic Council meeting. January 31, 2014

    The Deputy President told the meeting that the Government had identified devolution as one of the key pillars upon which economic, social, political and infrastructural development of the country could be realized.

    “Despite being in office for only nine months; the Jubilee Administration has already made significant strides in the realization and actualization of devolution; often going above and beyond the bare minimums set out under the implementation provisions of the constitution,’’ he said.
     
    However, he added, for devolution to succeed, counties need to lay firm foundations.
     
    The Deputy President noted that it was imperative for the devolved units to employ workers with the right skills and competencies.
     
    “The Success of devolution will invariably be based on a firm foundation of a competent, well-motivated, skilled and well-trained workforce operating at the county government level,” said Mr Ruto.
     
    He said the ministry of Devolution and the National Treasury had developed a framework for capacity building for staff working for county governments.
     
    “The National Treasury is lending counties its expertise and experience which will greatly benefit the grassroots units in a manner that will not result in micromanagement by the National Government but one that conforms to the requirement of consultation in the Constitution.”
     
    The Deputy President said the county government payroll will fully be under the authority and control of the respective counties- without the interference or action of the National Government starting February.
     
    He pointed that ‘’notwithstanding the devolution of various functions, the national government had finalized a framework in order to distribute medical equipment for 92 hospitals from the national budget to the tune of Ksh 34 billion in a medical equipment leasing arrangement’’.
     
    He stated that the Government will continue with the fertilizer subsidy programme to the tune of Ksh 2 billion while at the same time providing drought management support in excess of Ksh 2.5 billion.
     
    The DP noted that this was one of the steps to address food security in the country.
     
    At the same time, Mr Ruto asked the Senate to pass relevant legislation that enables the smooth working of the three arms of government.
     
    “I challenge the Senate to fast-track the omnibus Miscellaneous Amendments to various laws and other pending Bills that will enhance devolution. The Government appreciates that Devolution will only succeed if all three arms of Government; but particularly the National Executive and the National Legislature, harmonize their functions, agenda and scope of work’’.
     
    DPPS.

  • Intergovernmental Budget And Economic Council Meeting at Kenya School of Government‏

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    Deputy President William Ruto with some of the Governors who attended the 2nd Inter-Governmental Budget and Economic Council meeting held at Kenya School of Government. January 31, 2014 Picture by Jacob Munyao Read More...

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    Deputy President William Ruto chats with Trans-Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba at the Kenya School of Government during the 2nd Inter-Governmental Budget and Economic Council meeting. January 31, 2014 Picture by Jacob Munyao Read More...

  • Ruto meets Marsabit leaders - Security

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    Deputy President William Ruto meets leaders from Marsabit County led by Governor Ukur Yatani (centre) over insecurity in the area in his Harambee Avenue office.

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  • Deputy President William Ruto at a fundraising for 21 churches in Uasin Gishu County.

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    Deputy President William Ruto and Dr S.K Macharia, Royal Media Services Chairman, during the fundraising for 21 churches in Uasin Gishu County. PICTURE REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

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    Deputy President William Ruto shares a joke with Royal Media's Inspector Mwala during the fundraising for 21 churches in Uasin Gishu County. PICTURE REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

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    Deputy President William Ruto and Uasin Gishu Governor Jason Mandago join dancers during the fundraising for 21 churches in the county. PICTURE REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

  • Deputy President William Ruto at Imarisha SACCO Society

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    Deputy President William Ruto at Imarisha SACCO  Society in Kericho County.

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    Deputy President William Ruto at Imarisha SACCO  Society, Kericho County today. The Deputy President was the chief guest during the  rebranding  of the SACCO.

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  • Deputy President William Ruto and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho on one of the Police motorbikes

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    Deputy President William Ruto and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho in one of the Police Cars he flagged off at the county. Twenty five Police vehicles and five motorbikes were flagged off. December 30, 2013 PICTURE REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

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    Deputy President William Ruto and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho on one of the Police motorbikes that were flagged off to boost security in the county. Twenty five police vehicles and five motorbikes were flagged off.

     

  • The Deputy President tours Pokot County

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    Deputy President William Ruto has a word with a pokot elder at Makutano Stadium in Pokot County. December 28, 2013 / DPPS

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    Deputy President William Ruto Joins Pokot traditional dancers at Makutano Stadium. December 28, 2013 / DPPS

  • Thanksgiving Service for Bumula MP Boniface Otsula

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    Deputy President William Ruto arrives at Khasoko Mungore Primary School grounds for Bumula MP Boniface Otsula's thanks giving ceremony in Bungoma county. December 28, 2013. Picture by Jacob Munyao/DPPS.

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    Deputy President William Ruto shares a light moment with Bumula MP Boniface Otsula (centre) and former Minister for Justice Eugene Wamalwa.

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    Deputy President William Ruto shares a light moment with Bumula MP Boniface Otsula.

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    The Deputy President joins traditional dancers during the ceremony.

  • Sri Lanka President, Mahinda Rajapaksa visit to Kenyatta Mausoleum

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    Deputy President William Ruto with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa being briefed by the Chief of Defence Forces Julius Karangi when he visited the Mausoleum of the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta at Parliament grounds. December 13, 2013 Photo by Daniel Onyancha/DPPS

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    President Mahinda  Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka lays a wreath at the Mausoleum of the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta at Parliament grounds in Nairobi. December 13, 2013 Photo by Daniel Onyancha/DPPS

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  • Deputy President William Ruto receives a message of goodwill from Japan.

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    Deputy President William Ruto ushers in Japan Special Envoy Katsuyuki Kawai at his office along Harambee Avenue

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    Deputy President William Ruto and Japan Special Envoy Katsuyuki Kawai who represented Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Kenya's 50th Anniversary celebrations. Mr Kawai is presenting a message of goodwill from his country to Mr Ruto. PICTURE REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

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    Deputy President William Ruto and Japan Special Envoy Katsuyuki Kawai who represented Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Kenya's 50th Anniversary celebrations. Mr Kawai is presenting a message of goodwill from his country to Mr Ruto. PICTURE REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

     

  • Deputy President William Ruto at the Reception to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and Kenya.

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    Deputy President William Ruto and Mr. Wan Exiang, Special envoy of Chinese President launch a commemorative stamp on 50th anniversary of establishment of Kenya - China Diplomatic Relations

    H.E. Wan Exiang, Special Envoy of H.E. President Xi Jinping and Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China,

    H.E. Liu Guangyuan, China’s Ambassador to Kenya,

    Your Excellency Sahle-Work Zewde, Director General United Nations Office Nairobi

    Your Excellency Achim Steiner, Executive Director UNEP

    Excellencies Ambassadors,

    Distinguished Guests,

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    It is noteworthy that China engaged Kenya diplomatically literally hours within our independence 50 years ago. But it is even more significant that the now 50 year-old relationship has been assuredly consistent and predictable.

    Further, it is gratifying to note that China-Kenya ties have expanded and deepened over the years and in the process brought the two Governments and peoples ever closer by the passing day.  

    That China has been a true friend and a friend indeed to Kenya is not in doubt whatsoever. Neither have the fruits of this steady and apparent bond been hidden at all.  

    Yesterday, Kenyans commemorated our Golden Jubilee with much fanfare and a sense of profound fulfillment.  The fulfillment Kenyans celebrated was not without solid reference.  

    The edifices of our development over the years are, without a doubt, well known to the people of Kenya.  In recent days, the most abiding, most visible and most stoic of such developments have had the Chinese signature etched on them.  Such include roads and a host of other physical infrastructure erected by and through the support of China and her people.

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    Beyond the culinary delights from China many Kenyans have developed a taste for over the years and beyond the built infrastructure we all associated with China is a whole frontier of cultural engagement that China has developed in our country.  Educational exchange is at the very core of this subtle but nonetheless more potent engagement.

    Notably, the government of China sponsors an impressive 200 young Kenyans for further and specialised studies to various institutions of higher learning across China.

    The Confucius Institutes established at the University of Nairobi and at Kenyatta University make a good starting point for the kind of engagement China and Kenya need to grow their relations.

    I am particularly grateful that the Government of China has recently established a third Confucius Institute at Egerton University to further build the capacity for this ongoing engagement.  These and similar ventures herald a great future in China-Kenya relations.

    This is especially so because when people engage each other they find their level and define a regime of partnership whose multiplicative effects are as boundless as they are rewarding.

    I am also pleased that recently, the Chinese Embassy in Kenya established the Chinese Ambassador Scholarship Award Scheme to help needy students at the University of Nairobi. As we move forward, I kindly request that you extend this programme to other public universities across Kenya.

    It is also gratifying to note that the flow of tourists from China to Kenya is improving day by day. I urge your Government to encourage tourists intent on visiting Kenya to take advantage of our friendly relations to come in their numbers.

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    Today we celebrate the milestones of the diplomatic relations between Kenya and China for five decades.  Allow me to suggest that as we start another 50 year journey the relationship between China and Kenya should aspire to move several levels higher in the following two key areas.

    One, sharing of ideas for the improvement of the livelihoods of our people.  China has conquered many odds to climb to the peak of success and global prominence. Most of the steps taken by China to get to the top have been accomplished in just about 30 years.  

    This is a result of the great handiwork of leaders who refused to be herded to strange destinies by external forces and influence. Kenya aspires to move her people forward through several initiatives contained in the Vision 2030, the Jubilee Manifesto and also in a raft of policies and programmes of the current administration. The development model China followed to her prominence makes a lot more sense in our immediate circumstances than other models based on remote realities.

    Two, we need to exchange ideas on how culture can influence work ethics and a national mindset amenable to industrialization.  With the discovery of minerals and other natural resources in Kenya in recent years, our country is ready for an industrial revolution.

    Our people were socialised to consume goods made by others but this world-view cannot entrench an industrial culture. Therefore we need to study and internalise how to make our resources transcend into the industrial sensibility that can expand our economic options. In this regard China will be a worthy teacher and partner.

    In conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, I look forward an even greater future of the relations between China and Kenya.  

    Long live Kenya-China friendship!

    Thank you all.

  • Talking Notes Kenya@50 Celebrations at Moi Sports Centre Kasarani

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    1. God has been good to this country, and to each one of us. He has put us in a beautiful home, a great land of possibility where we can witness glorious transformations happening every day.
    2. God gave our founding fathers the strength and courage to resist tyranny and oppression and the vision to achieve freedom and sovereignty for all of us.
    3. We are truly blessed to inherit the work left behind by visionaries, brave heroes and heroines, and to have the opportunity to build on their magnificent achievements.
    4. Today, we pledge that we can, must and will take Kenya to the next level before 50 years are over. We have the strength, we have the ambition and we have the skills to execute ambitious strategies to make the founders of this great nation, and posterity proud.
    5. I request all of us to take stock of our great achievements, and all the opportunities we have had. We should acknowledge those we did not make good use of, and the ones we are about to exploit to make Kenya better.
    6. A few critics say there is little if anything to celebrate at this Golden Jubilee. I want to differ. To say that we have achieved nothing in 50 years is not only untrue, it is also an insulting betrayal of our freedom fighters throughout the decades as well as the farmers, teachers, doctors, traders, public servants and workers who go out every day to make a difference. As long as you know yourself to be useful, you undermine yourself in denying obvious, tangible contributions, victories and achievements.
    7. Let us unite in recognizing, honouring and celebrating our collective achievements. Let them inspire us, and renew our resolve to do better and achieve more.
    8. Let us continue to love our country. It is the basis of our national values and civic virtue. Let us replace discord and strife with harmony and understanding. Let us substitute shouting and quarrelling with consultation and conversation. Let us chase away chaos and division and welcome peace and unity.
    9. Most importantly, let each one of us know that irrespective of their position or role, every little thing we do goes a long way to making Kenya great. So let us work harder with the cheerful expectation of progress. Everyone matters. Everything we do counts. So let’s dedicate our lives to good deeds and honest work.
    10. To those of us born after Independence, I want to say two things: We take our independence for granted, and expect that we will always be free, democratic and sovereign. Let us rejoice in this fact. But let us also remember that there are millions of Kenyans among us who sang ‘God Save the Queen’, who could not travel without their colonial master’s endorsement on their ‘kipande’ , who could not farm, work or learn as they wished.
    11. We must remember that under colonialism there was no vote for the African. Let this impart on us an eternal gratitude for the struggle and achievements of our founding fathers, and an abiding recognition of the value of freedom.
    12. As we perfect our democracy and constitutional order, let the knowledge of a past we never experienced inspire us with the instinctive reflex to seek and defend freedom always. Let us admire, honour and own our beautiful flag, and appreciate with deep passion our National Anthem. Let us internalize, respect and uphold the injunctions of our Constitution.
  • Livestock Insurance roll out in 2014, says Ruto

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    The Deputy President durng the opening of the National Farmers Congress annual general meeting.

    The Government will roll out insurance cover for livestock to cushion farmers against any adversity, the Deputy President has said.

    He said the Government had completed negotiations with insurance companies and the programme will start in early 2014.

    At the same time the Deputy President assured farmers that there is sufficient seed and fertilizer for next year's planting season. A total of 140 tonnes of fertilizer and 48 million seeds is ready for planting next year.

    Mr. Ruto spoke when he opened the National Farmers’ Congress and annual general meeting of the Kenya National Farmers’ Federation (KENAFF) at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)?

    Mr. Ruto said the Government will address all the concerns in the agricultural sector as it had a high potential of enabling the country to grow.

    He said, "All we need is to commercialize agriculture, do value addition in processing our farm produce and institute massive irrigation in arid and semi arid areas to make agriculture more profitable than it is now."

    He said as the mainstay of Kenya’s economy, agriculture is the source of 65 % of the country’s exports, 18% of all employment and 70% of all informal employment in the country.

    “As a Government we therefore intend to transform 90% of the small holder agricultural farms into commercially oriented exporting entities through employment of modern farming,” he added.

    He argued that Kenyans should engage in a debate of how the small unproductive pieces of land could be consolidated so that people can be encouraged to move to markets, towns and urban centres and free land for commercial purposes.

    He said: “I urge you to support this idea because two thirds of agricultural land in the country is half an acre to two acres and this are the areas in which we want to modernize agriculture by giving farmers quality seeds, fertilizer, mechanize farming and give them the best chance to succeed through increased acreage.”

    Mr. Ruto challenged the youth to venture into agriculture saying it was of great concern that the average farmer in the country is 60 years yet we have millions of educated unemployment youth.

    He said young people had better modern knowledge to drive agriculture as a business. “We need them to employ their talent and expertise in running agriculture,”.

    Mr. Ruto had earlier laid a foundation stone for a multimillion KENAFF conference centre and Hotel near Thogoto, Kikuyu.

    Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Felix Koskei also attended the meeting. He said those who want to venture in fishery, a development bank for fishermen will be opened to assist the fishermen.

  • Ground breaking of Greenfield Terminal - JKIA

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    The Deputy President during the ground breaking of Greenfield terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

    Deputy President William Ruto has said the Government’s infrastructure development plans will focus on economic zones.

    The Deputy President said the Government will construct, repair concession of new roads as part of plans to improve the country’s road network.

    "Infrastructure is the single platform that will transform our economy and our focus as Government is infrastructure development targeting economic zones," said the Deputy President.

    Mr Ruto made the remarks when he joined President Uhuru Kenyatta at the groundbreaking of Greenfield terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

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    The Deputy President described the project as historical and ambitious saying the new terminal with a capacity to handle more than 20 million passengers every year will reinforce Kenya's position as the region’s economic hub.

    Mr. Ruto said the expansion of JKIA was important as the airport is critical in propelling economic growth because it is the first point of contact of visitors - tourists or businessmen.

    
He said that the Government will continue to invest in infrastructure to enable easier movement of people, goods and services.

    
"We will continue to invest in the expansion of infrastructure to fast track easier movement of people and goods in the region", he said.

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    At the same time, the Deputy President revealed that plans are underway to modernise rail transport within the city of Nairobi to reduce traffic jam.

    
He said the planned Nairobi rail circuit will transport over three million people annually when fully operational.

    December 3, 2013 Emmanuel Talam / DPPS

  • Ruto tells Universities to root out tribalism.

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    Deputy President William Ruto attends 1st graduation ceremony at Kabianga University where he was the Chief Guest.

    Deputy President William Ruto has asked the Ministry of Education to work with Public Universities in rooting out tribalism and nepotism from the institutions.

    Mr Ruto said universities should be the epitome of nationalism and focus on meritocracy and not mundane issues like who is related to or who knows who in the recruitment of staff and in running of its affairs.

    “Tribalism and nepotism should not be associated with our universities and other institutions of higher learning,” he added.

    Mr. Ruto was speaking at University of Kabianga in Kericho County where he officiated the University’s 1st graduation ceremony.

    The Deputy President asked universities to produce graduates with skills and knowledge suited to tackling the challenges facing the country.

    Graduates, he added, should not be an elitist group chasing lofty ideas but people ready to use their newly acquired knowledge to solve problems in the society and in developing the country.

    Mr. Ruto advised the graduates to rid themselves of misplaced sense of entitlement where graduates feel the society owes them instead of them owing the society.

    Graduates, he added, must aspire to show the way and not to load it over others.

    He said: “We must re-calibrate and re-prioritize our philosophy of education in order to produce balanced and well – adjusted graduates whose academic qualifications are social assets not liabilities.”

    He stated  that earning a degree should not pigeonhole the graduate into narrow intellectual confines saying instead a degree should widen one’s scope of imagination, create a pragmatic synthesis between theory and practice and ultimately knock off barriers that transcend human aspiration, progress and the ever-elusive triumph over the pitfalls of unchallenged conventions.

    The Deputy President said universities must look beyond the mantras of vision 2030 and consciously impart a set of skills, knowledge and sensibilities that are in consonant with Kenya’s desired future as envisaged in the vision.

    He said: “This calls for focused research whose natural home is the University, clearly your role both as a University and degree holders is well cut out.”

    The Deputy President assured universities of the Government’s efforts to expand institutions of higher learning despite the limited resources.

    Mr Ruto encouraged the universities to engage in Public private partnership in order to supplement Government’s efforts in developing such infrastructure like students’ hostels.

    Professor Richard Musangi the University’s Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Wilson Kipng’eno and Chairman of Council Dr. Florence Kiragu Nyamu also spoke at the function. The Cabinet Secretary for Education Science and Technology was represented by the Principal secretary Dr. Belio Kipsang.

    November 29, 2013 Mulinya / DPPS

  • Deputy President William Ruto Opens Gatundu Market

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    Deputy President William Ruto cuts a ribbon to officially open Gatundu whole sale/ retail market in Gatundu Town,  Kiambu County.

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    Deputy President William Ruto inquires the price of a cabbage at Gatundu whole sale/ retail market during it's official opening.

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    Deputy President William Ruto inquires the price of a shoe at Gatundu whole sale/ retail market during it's official opening.

  • Ruto Assures on Kenya’s investment environment

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    Deputy President William Ruto with some of the participants in a meeting at the Sixth Development Partnership Forum Laico Regency. DPPS

    Deputy President William Ruto has told development partners of the Government’s commitment to fighting corruption, addressing insecurity and curbing mismanagement of resources in the public sector.

    Mr. Ruto also said that the Government had no intention of instituting repressive legal frameworks, especially against the freedom of expression, the media and the civil society.

    The Deputy President was speaking at Laico Regency Hotel, when he officially opened the Sixth Development Partners Forum, which brought together Kenya’s development partners, Government officials and other stakeholders.

    He acknowledged that corruption is a potent threat not only to the successful execution of the country’s development agenda but also to the entire body politic.

    “I want to assure everyone that the war on corruption has unstinting political support of the Government. The President and I welcome your constructive engagement on this issue,” he added.

    Mr. Ruto at the same time attributed the rising cases of insecurity in the country to slow reforms in the security and penal institutions, corruption, terrorism and instability in the horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region.

    He said: “It is unfortunate that the refugee problem as well as the easy movement of weapons out of the theatres of conflict, combine with internal dynamics of corruption  in the security sector  and sub-optimal policing capacity to inflict damage to our society.”
     
    The Deputy President, however, pointed out that the Government was working on ways to radically improve security including the promotion of greater accountability in the public service, closer border administration and a more robust management of the refugee problem including the repatriation of refugees to their post –conflict homes to address the matter.

    He said: “We also intent to increase the number of security officers in all services and to invest in intensive use of technology to combat various criminal activities.”

    The country’s location in a region traversing several unstable territories hardly helps the situation, Mr. Ruto observed.

    Mr Ruto said all those who were interested in country’s development agenda should support Kenya’s security initiatives.

    “Similarly, anyone interested in the regions stability and security must also be interested in Kenya’s security,” he added.

    The Deputy President made it clear that the Government had no intention of muzzling the media and the civil society. The Government, he said, believed in a free media and a vibrant civil society as essential pillars in any democracy.

    “The constitution is very clear on the freedom of the press, expression, assembly and citizens’ right to access information. Our constitution protects and will always protect or freedoms and rights. We cannot snatch it,” he added.

    He, however, urged the media and the civil society to balance the freedoms with responsibility.

    The Deputy President urged the civil society to align their activities with national interest and the broader development agenda.
     
    The Cabinet Secretary National Treasury Henry Rotich, his counterpart in Devolution and Planning Ann Waiguru and the World Bank Country Director Ms Diarietou Gaye also spoke at the forum.
     
    November 19, 2013 - Francis Mulinya, DPPS

  • Government to roll out National Social Programme

    Deputy President William Ruto has said that the Government will unveil a National Social Programme next year to recruit fresh university graduates and give them an opportunity to serve in various parts of the country on a voluntary basis to foster national integration.

    He explained that the aim of the programme is to give young Kenyans training, instill patriotism and encourage national integration.

    Speaking when he met senior representatives of Coca-Cola beverage manufacturing company from Eurasia and Africa who paid him a courtesy call at his official residence in Karen, Wednesday. The Deputy President emphasized that social integration is an important aspect of building the nation.

    “We would like to roll-out this programme to instill social responsibility, discipline, national integration and cohesion”, he said.

    Mr. Ruto said that Kenyans who grow up and get employed in the same geographical area fail to appreciate national diversity.

    At the same time, he challenged the private sector operating in the country to give the youth and women more opportunities for economic empowerment.

    "As we embark on the empowerment of both our youth and women in the country, I urge the private sector join hands with the Government", he said.

    Mr. Ruto pointed out  that the Government was doing everything possible to make the country an investment destination of choice in the region.

    "Apart from improving infrastructure to facilitate easier movement of goods and services, we want to bring the cost of power down to make to lower the cost of production and make business competitive", said the Deputy President.

    To enable the country move forward, Mr. Ruto noted that more public private partnership was paramount.

    He said that he was delighted to see local and international investors working together to promote industry in the country adding that the Government would extend assistance to the private sector to facilitate further commercial and industrial investment.

    Speaking during the same occasion Coca-cola Eurasia and Africa Group, President Nathan Kalumba said that Kenya is ranked as one of the top three markets for Coca-Cola in Sub Saharan Africa and is among the top 50 most followed investment destinations by the company globally, signifying the country’s growing importance.

    Kalumba noted that the company which kicked off celebrations to mark the 65th anniversary of its operations in Kenya is 50 percent owned locally and looks forward to expand opportunities for local ownership.

    He added that Kenya is one of the 12 countries where the company has launched a programme dubbed 5 by 20 to empower women.

    He explained that 5 by 20 is the company’s global commitment to enable the economic empowerment of 5 milion women across its value chain by the year 2020.

    Kalumba further said that an elaborate youth soccer programme “Copa Coca Cola” has also been unveiled in the country to improve soccer talent. 

    “Our inclusive business model is anchored on responsible business, which has ensured that Coca-Cola’s contribution to the economy can be measured beyond the financial impact to the social and environmental impact seen through our involvement in women empowerment and sports’’, he said.

    November 13, 2013 - Godfrey Isiye/DPPS

  • The President puts cattle rustlers on notice

    President Uhuru  Kenyatta today put cattle rustlers in the country on notice, saying  the Government will take stern action against anyone found engaging in the retrogressive practice that is the cause of insecurity in the country and especially among pastoral communities .

    President Kenyatta said it was unfortunate that  while the Government is working hard to develop these areas  that were previously marginalized,  this outdated practice is eroding all the gains made.

    Noting that the vice had assumed very dangerous proportions with innocent people losing their lives in the process. The President was speaking at Marigat High school grounds in Baringo county today where he addressed a rally after making an inspection tour of  areas affected by flood due to the rise in water levels of Lakes Baringo and Bogoria.

    The President who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto announced that  a number of schools that were  closed in the county  following  increased cases of cattle rustling will be reopened  in the next two weeks.

    He said, “We shall send extra security personnel to the affected areas to  ensure that the schools  are re- opened and normal learning resumes.”

    President Kenyatta  at the same time announced  that  the government will form a task force of  experts to address the  cause of  the rise of water levels in Lakes in the Rift valley  region  and recommend  appropriate measures to be taken to address the phenomenon.

    Noting that the rise in water levels had also affected Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha and Lake  Elementeita disrupting the ecosystem  and interfering with people’s livelihoods  around the Lakes, President Kenyatta  said the government was committed to finding a quick solution to the  phenomenon, and bring normality to the region.

    The President brought  a Government donation of 500 bags of maize, 200 bags of beans, 100 cartons of cooking oil, and other  donations worthy Shs 5.5 million to the affected  families.

    He further said the National Government will give the county government of Baringo  shs. 20 million  to reconstruct schools affected by the flooding. “ I'm also asking the governor of Baringo to use his county kitty in contributing to this worth cause,” he added.

    The President and  The Deputy President  spoke of the Shs. 6 billion Uwezo Fund  saying that  once Parliament passes the relevant legislation to operationalize the fund, the money will be available to the youth and women of this country.

    The two leaders  noted that the Government was empowering the youth of this country  financially so that they can do business and to keep  away from an engaging in criminal activities to earn a living.

    The President observed that Baringo county was well endowed with  minerals  adding that the Government will enter into a partnership with the county government of Baringo  to attract investors who will put money in the mines and help spur economic activities   the area.

    In his address Mr. Ruto urged Kenyans to  cease  perennial  politicking and concentrate on development noting that time for  competitive politics was  long gone at the conclusion of elections in March this year.

    Said Ruto, “Let us now  close ranks and concentrate in forging ahead with the development of the country irrespective of party, religion, colour or creed.”

    Mr. Ruto  went on to say that  the government would irrigate thousands of acres of land in the  mostly semi arid region to improve on food production  in the area.

    The two leaders were accompanied by  Cabinet Secretaries Jospeh Ole Lenku, Ann Waiguru and Phyliss Kandie, Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi, Senators Gideon Moi, Charles Keter and Kipchumba Murkomen and  other local MPs.

    November 15, 2013 - Mulinya/DPPS

     

  • The Deputy President hits out at the opposition

    Deputy President William Ruto  has hit out at the opposition for fanning the narrative about the cases  facing him and President  Uhuru Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court in the Hague  with the intention of assuming power  in the country.

    The Deputy President  made  it clear that they will effectively  run the affairs of this country  while  also facing the challenges of managing  issues arising out  of the 2007 - 2008 post election violence, adding that anyone hoping to benefit from their predicament will be disappointed.

    The Deputy President was speaking at the ACK St. Mathew Rituta West, Nairobi where he joined the congregation for a Sunday service and concentration of the newly build church which was performed by  the Bishop of  Mt. Kenya South  the Rt. Rev. Timothy Ranji.

    Mr. Ruto  charged that the opposition was  responsible for the  articles  appearing  in the press   which predicted gloom and  doom  at the Hague saying  it was unfortunate that those who lost in the last general elections were still entertaining the idea of leading this country.

    He said, “I want to make it very clear that there is only one Government led by Uhuru Kenyatta  and  it will deliver to the people of Kenya despite the challenges facing us.”  And added  “those writing negative articles in the newspapers  are people who could not believe that the  Jubilee coalition could  form the government and are  still entertaining the idea of  ascending to power using all means including  the negative narrative in the media.”

    He went on to say that unlike the last coalition government which was  headed by former President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga , the jubilee Government was stable and  was fully in charge of the country. “This is not a government of ‘nusu mkate,’    Jubilee  has the full mandate of the Kenyan people to lead this country.” he added.

    The Chairman of the National Alliance (TNA) who is also a nominated MP Johnson Sakaja  said at a recent meeting of  the party’s Parliamentary group meeting  it was resolved that the President should not go to the Hague for his case in February.

    Noting  that  this  did not mean non compliance with the ICC, Mr. Sakaja pointed out that the President could  attend to the Hague cases through a video link so that he can also perform his constitutional duties as head of State.

    Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko  criticized members of the United Nations Security Council who did not support the African Union cause of deferral of the cases facing President Uhuru and Deputy President Ruto,  terming them traitors who should not be forgiven for the treachery  they committed  at the UN security council meeting Friday by choosing to abstain from voting in  support of  the AU resolution.

    Kirinyaga Governor Joseph Ndathi said the leadership of this country is intertwined with the fate of the two leaders adding that the two cannot be separated. He called for prayers for the two leaders  to overcome their tribulations with the ICC cases.

    Similar sentiments were echoed by  Kiambu Governor William Kabogo, Nairobi Women Representative Rachel Shebesh, area MP Dennis Kibue  who called for prayers for the two leaders to overcome  their  troubles. The Deputy President was accompanied by more than twenty members of Parliament.

    November 17 2013 - Mulinya/DPPS

  • Ethiopian soldiers to join Amisom troops.

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    Ethiopian troops will join the African Mission to Somalia – AMISOM as part of renewed efforts to combat terrorism in the Horn of Africa region. Ethiopia Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has said Ethiopian troops will join the Kenya and Uganda troops that are part of the AMISOM fighting Al Shabaab insurgents inside Somalia.

    Speaking when he hosted Deputy President William Ruto at his office in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, The Prime Minister said his country’s security chiefs were already engaged in strategy talks with their Kenyan counterparts on the joint operation. Mr Desalegn said there was a renewed terror threat in Ethiopia and this called for a joint security operation to eliminate the threat. ‘The threat is real and the war against terror should continue in all fronts, said Mr Desalegn.

    Deputy President William Ruto said Kenya had borne the brunt of terrorism and welcomed Ethiopia’s decision to join AMISOM in order to fight terrorism. ‘Recently we had a terror attack that left several people dead and many others injured, and we welcome every effort to fight terror’, he said citing the recent terror attack at the Westgate Mall.

    The Deputy President said as part of a campaign to eliminate the threat of terror, an estimated one million Somali refugees would be repatriated under an agreement to be signed in Nairobi tomorrow. ‘The refugees in Kenya continue to pose a security threat to us in Kenya and we hope to eliminate that threat through repatriation,’ Ruto said.

    The repatriation programme is being undertaken by the Kenya and Somalia government together with the United Nations Commission For Refugees- UNHCR. The two leaders also discussed border security that they said continued to undermine development along the Kenya/Ethiopia border. The two agreed that there was need to engage communities living along the border in other economic activities such as agriculture in order to minimize perennial border conflict.

    It’s against this background that the Ethiopia Prime Minister said his government was keen to partner with Kenya in creating an economic zone in Moyale under the Lamu Port and South Sudan Ethiopia Transport corridor project – LAPSSET.

    The Ethiopian PM described the LAPSSET project as a land mark that could turn the economic fortunes of millions of people in the region. ‘There is a lot for us in Ethiopia to gain from this project,’ he said.

    Deputy president William Ruto said works on the project were underway with bids for supply of power to the project already invited.

    November 9, 2013 - By Emmanuel Talam/DPPS

  • Ruto Somalia Refugees Tripartite Agreement

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    Deputy President William Ruto applauds as Somali Deputy Prime Minister Fawzia Yusuf Adam and Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Minister Amina Mohamed display copies of the Tripartite Agreement on the repatriation of Somali refugees signed at Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi.

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    Deputy President William Ruto with Somali Deputy Prime Minister Fawzia Yusuf  Adam after the signing of Tripartite Agreement on the  Repatriation of Somali refugees at Intercontinental hotel Nairobi.

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    Deputy President William Ruto  with Sahele - Work Zewede Director General United Nations Office in Nairobi after the signing of the Tripartite Agreement on the Repatriation of Somali refugees.

  • African Media Leaders Forum

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    Deputy President William Ruto left the country Friday for Ethiopia to attend the 6th edition of the African Media Leaders Forum.

    The forum brings together media executives, owners and operators from across the continent to discuss how to re-engineer the reporting of African narrative.

    The meeting was officially opened by the Rt. Honorable Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn with a challenge for Africa to set up a Panafrican News Agency (PANA).

    Mr. Ruto who will represent President Uhuru Kenyatta will give an address on "Reflecting on an Enabling Conducive Media Development environment in Africa: Funding, Ethics, Technological Innovations and Freedom."

    November 8, 2013 - Bethuel Kaino/DPPS

  • Meeting with the Private Sector in preparation to mark 50 years of Independence

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    Deputy President William Ruto with members of the National Steering Committee Kenya @50, and some Cabinet Secretaries after a meeting at his official residence in Karen - November 7, 2013. PICTURE REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

    Deputy President William Ruto held a meeting with the private sector in preparation to mark 50 years of the countries independence later in the year.

    The Deputy President said the forum with the private sector was meant to ensure the success of the programme.

    Speaking after meeting the National Steering Committee Kenya @50 and partners from the private sector in his official residence in Karen, Mr. Ruto said the Government is doing everything possible to ensure the success of the programme.

    He said the Government allocated Sh500 million to the Kenya @ 50 kitty and urged the private sector to also contribute.

    "This historic event will enable Kenyans reflect on the past, appreciate the present and plan for the future," added Mr. Ruto.

    The Deputy President asked the committee and the private sector to fast track the activities ahead of the celebrations. He also urged them t involve Kenyans in the projects.

    "We want the participation of every Kenyan in celebrating 50 years of independence so that history can be made out of this memorable event," said the Deputy President.

    Safaricom General Manager in charge of Enterprise Business, Ms. Sylvia Mulinge said the private sector will support the Government to make the celebration a success.

    "On behalf of the private sector, we are proud to have the opportunity to participate in the preparations ahead of the celebrations to mark 50 years of Kenya’s independence," said Ms. Mulinge.

    The chairman of the Media Owners Association Kiprono Kittony thanked the Government for recognizing efforts being made by the private sector in the development of the country.

    Mr. Kittony said it is through teamwork that the challenges facing the country can be confronted besides achieving Vision 2030.

    "The ball is now in the court of the private sector to work with the Government and other development partners in ensuring the realization of the Vision 2030," said Kittony.

    Present were Cabinet Secretaries Hassan Wario (Sports, Culture and Arts), Henry Rotich (Treasury), Raychelle Omamo (Defense) and Davis Chirchir (Energy) and Permanent Secretary Patrick Omutia among other dignitaries.

    November 8, 2013 - By Bethwel Kaino/DPPS

  • Ruto- Western leaders Mt Elgon

    Leaders from Western region say they have been politically orphaned and are committed to work with Deputy President William Ruto and the Jubilee Government.

    Speaking at Kaptama grounds in Mt Elgon during an inter-denomination service, the leaders from the Cord alliance and the Amani Coalition say after the jubilee win in the March election the region that largely voted for Cord had remained orphaned.

    Malava MP Malulu Injendi said, "we want top move close to the government. We do not want to be sideline."

    Other laeders who pledged to work withn the government included MPs Ayub Savula (Lugari), Malulu Injendi (Malava), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias), Charles Gimose (Hamisi), Mary Emase (Teso South), Emmanuel Wangwe (Nabokolo), John Serut, (Mt Elgon0, Robert Pukose (Endebes) and Boniface otsula (Bumula).

    The leaders said there was no time to engage in petty politics as Western Kenya leaders wanted development.

    "We want the government to develop this area, we are tired of politicking," said Mr Savula.

    The leaders said were optimistic that the Jubilee Government will deliver on the promises it made to the people of Kenya during the last General Election.

    "We have resolved to work together with Jubilee Government not because of our gains but for the sake of our people," said Savula.

    The leaders said time for mere politicking is over and it is now time to join hands with the government of the day and work for the benefit of the people.

    Mr. Ruto on his part acknowledged that while the regions voted for Cord during the last General Election he was happy that leaders from the region had resolved to back the Jubilee Government in implementing its manifesto.

    The Deputy President said it is upon Western region leaders to decide on their future destiny as far as politics is concerned but called on the need to forget the past and work together for the sake of millions of Kenyans who are in dire need of services.

    "As Jubilee Government we are going to work together with leaders from the region irrespective of their political affiliations for the sake of many millions of people who deserve service from leaders," said Mr. Ruto.

    August 4, 2013 / DPPS

  • Deputy President on Funds Uasin- Gishu

    Deputy President William Ruto has asked youth and women groups in the country to make use of the Ksh 6billion to be availed to the counties to engage in projects aimed at uplifting their living standards.

    Mr. Ruto said the funds will be available at the wards in the next two months, saying youth and women groups should indentify projects which can uplift their living standards so that they can make use of the funds.

    He was speaking at Chelelmetio village in Uasin Gishu County during the burial of mzee John Kipyator Olbara.

    The Deputy President was accompanied by Uasin-Gishu senator Isaac Melly, Deputy Governor Daniel Chepnoo, keiyo South MP Jackson Kiptanui, his Moiben counterpart, Silah Teren and Soy MP Sammy Barchile and former cabinet minister Nicholas Biwott among others.

    Mr. Ruto asked leaders at the grassroots level to ensure that CDF, County government money was allocated to projects which have been identified by the people.

    "All public funds including CDF, county government and the national government should be allocated to projects which have been identified by the people and which can improve their living standards once implemented" said Mr. Ruto.

    He said civil servants have also been paid their July salaries and asked then to discharge their duties effectively as required by the law.

    The Deputy President described the late Olbara as a hardworking person who participated in the development of education for his family and the community at large.

    He said the Jubilee government will work closely with all leaders irrespective of their political affiliations in solving the challenges facing the people

    The MPs vowed to work as a team in implementing the promises which were made by the Jubilee Government during the last General Election.

    August 3, 2013 / DPPS

  • Cereals assets Uasin Gishu, August 3, 2013 DPPS

    Deputy President William Ruto has assured farmers that the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) assets will not be sold.

    Mr. Ruto said a group of individuals wanted to fleece the cereals board of its assets which he said was the people’s property saying there were no plans to sell off its assets.

    ‘Some few individuals want to fleece the board of its assets but I want to assure you that the government will not allow that,’ said Mr. Ruto.

    Speaking at Chelelmetio village in Uasin Gishu County during the burial of mzee John Kipyator Olbara, the Deputy President said the Government has set aside sufficient funds to buy maize from farmers this year.

    The Deputy President was accompanied by Uasin-Gishu senator Isaac Melly, Deputy Governor Daniel Chepnoo, keiyo South MP Jackson Kiptanui, his Moiben counterpart, Silah Teren and Soy MP Sammy Barchile and former cabinet minister Nicholas Biwott among others.

    NCPB has been engaged in a legal tussle with a firm over the contract to supply maize on an emergency basis during a drought that was declared a nation disaster in 2004. It has however emerged that the firm known as erad did not supply the maize.

    The matter is now before the Parliamentary public committee.

    He said that the ministry of Agriculture will ensure fertilizer will be availed in stores by December this year to enable farmers prepare effectively for next year’s planting season.

    Mr. Ruto directed agricultural field officers to help farmers identify ideal fertilizers for their respective areas to avoid situations where farmers buy fertilizers which are not suitable for certain climatic conditions.

    August 3, 2013/DPPS

  • Deputy President Ruto on Investment

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    From left: Liberia President Ellen Sirleaf, Ethiopia Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn,Deputy President William Ruto and World Bank Vice president for Africa Makhtar Diop during a conference on Development in Africa at Yokohama, Japan. Pictures

    Mr. Ruto said there is need to urgently expand and commercialize the port in order to be able to compete with other countries in the region.

    The Deputy President made the remarks today during a media briefing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after jetting back from Japan where he represented President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Fifth Tokyo International on African Development Conference (TICAD).

    He said the conference that brings together Japan and African leaders takes place every five years.

    Mr. Ruto said that he had negotiated with Japanese leaders on the construction of phase two and three of the port of Mombasa and the construction of free port and Bypass at Dongo Kundu by Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to ease traffic jam to and from the port.

    “I also met the Vice President of the World Bank and concluded discussions on the construction of Kitale to Juba Road that will cost Kshs. 50billion to cover a distance of 600 kilometers which will start at the end of the year”, he noted.

    On energy, the Deputy President said plans are underway to start production of more power from geothermal power.

    He said there was need to produce between four to five thousand megawatts in the next five years from Coal in order to make power cheaper not only to Kenyans but also to the manufacturers.

    At the same time, the Deputy President said Japan Gas and Metal Company has already signed an MOU to mine coal in Kwale and Kitui counties.

    Mr. Ruto noted that power produced from coal will reduce the cost of energy and compete with other competitors and encourage foreign investments.

    The Deputy President noted that the Japanese government was also funding the expansion of Mwea Irrigation scheme and rice growing at a cost of Kshs. 20bilion.

    On Somalia, the Deputy President said he met and had discussions with the Secretary General of United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki Moon on how to stabilize Somalia.

    He said there was need to put in place good governance structures and Programs on the repatriation of Somali Refugees in camps in Kenya, adding that discussions are ongoing between the two governments.

    June 5, 2013 DPPS - Kaino/DPPS

  • Deputy President William Ruto on ICT

    Deputy President, William Ruto, has today called on mobile service providers to consider adjusting cost of calling not only within the same network but also across networks.

    Mr. Ruto noted that with high innovation and new technologies taking root, mobile telephone users in East African region require such services hence the need to reduce tariffs to make them affordable to many.

    "With high and multiplicity of innovation, mobile telephone users require these services at highly reduced tariffs," he observed.

    The Deputy President said there is  the need to address  infrastructure challenges, cost of deployment and access so that more people can be able to enjoy this service at a lower cost.

    "We need to address the infrastructure, cost of deployment and access so that more people can be able to access this service at lower cost," said Mr. Ruto.

    He said the cost of deployment can be addressed by sharing of infrastructure among service providers thereby translating into lower tariffs for end users.

    The Deputy President was speaking during the opening of the 20th East Africa Communication Organisation (EACO) congress and exhibition at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), Nairobi, where he was the Chief Guest.

    The four-day conference whose theme was ‘ Making broad band work for socio-economic growth in Africa  brought together  communication experts  from the East Africa Region.

    Mr. Ruto emphasized on the need for a clear broadband framework both for Kenya and the region at large.
    "Broadband is recognized for its high correlation with Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth. It has high impact on productivity of nations," said Mr. Ruto.

    Given the scarcity and demand for frequencies, Mr. Ruto noted that it is necessary to have clear policies that address this given the rise in data services as opposed to voice.

    "With digital migration we will have more efficient use of frequencies. This therefore necessitates the adherence to the global deadline of 2015," said Mr. Ruto

    The Deputy President expressed concern that it was expensive to access large volumes of data adding that it was prudent for service providers to find ways of lowering the cost.

    "The ICT industry should catalyse the development of other sectors given the explosion of internet use," he said. 

    He encouraged East African countries to strengthen their efforts and resolve to pursue new technologies towards sustainable economic growth.

    Mr. Ruto noted that by vigorously embracing ICT, Africa will be able to enhance its capacity as well as secure favorable share in the ever competitive global trade.

    Mr. Ruto emphasized on the need to take advantage of new technologies to boost service delivery in the region.

    "We must commit our resources to communication sector to increase communication network accessibility so as to cover as many people as possible especially in rural areas," said Mr. Ruto.

    He said unless communication coverage was extended to rural areas with larger population, it would be hard to reduce the poverty levels among communities living in such areas.

    Mr. Ruto noted that rural economy is  agriculture based and therefore calls on the need to put more emphasis in rural areas with view to tapping its potentiality.

    The Deputy President assured that the Government was committed to  empowering more people in social and economic structures by improving  ICT sector.

    He urged EACO to explore ways of expanding its membership and become a professional body which can advice governments on matters pertaining to communication.

    Among those who addressed the occasion included Chairman of EACO Amb. Joseph Bangurambona, ICT Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i and CCK General Director Mr. Francis Wangusi among others.

    Dr. Mating'i assured Kenyans that the Government is committed to strengthening ICT efforts towards sustainable economic growth.

    He called on the need for East African countries to embark on research and collaboration with a view to exchanging ideas on the best way to improve on ICT in the region.

    June 28, 2013 - Kaino/DPPS

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta launches Huduma Kenya Centre

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    The President and the Deputy President at Huduma Kenya Centre, Teleposta Building, Nairobi.

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) logs his details as he launches Huduma Kenya Centre. With him is Deputy President William Ruto.

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta (seated) admires a new generation Identity Card when he officially launched Huduma Kenya Centre. Deputy President William Ruto looks on.

    Photo by PSCU 7th November 2013

  • The President and Deputy President flag off leased vehicles for police

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto in one of the 1200 leased vehicles to the National Police Service at Uhuru Park, Nairobi.

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta flags off some of the 1200 leased vehicles for the National Police Service at Uhuru Park. He was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, several Cabinet Secretaries and other government officials.

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto in one of the 1200 leased vehicles to the National Police Service at Uhuru Park.

    November 7, 2013 - Photos/Rebecca Nduku/DPPS

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta Jets Back From South Africa

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta chats with his Deputy William Ruto moments after arrival from South Africa on a three day official visit at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta chats with his Deputy William Ruto moments after arrival from South Africa on a three day official visit at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

    November 6, 2013 By Domnic Odhiambo/DPPS

  • Deputy President William Ruto meets Kenya at 50 National Steering Committee‏

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    Deputy President William Ruto meets Kenya @50 National Steering Committee.  

    Deputy President William Ruto has asked the National Steering Committee Kenya @50 to involve all Kenyans in the preparations to mark 50 years of independence later in the year.

    Mr. Ruto said Kenyans should own the project by being given the opportunity to participate in giving their views, planning and implementation of the programme.

    ‘This event will be important in the history of this country and that is why we want to involve as many people as possible and ensure it is a success,’ said Mr. Ruto.

    Addressing the Steering Committee at his official residence in Karen, Mr. Ruto said both current and former leaders should be involved.

    "We need to plan this programme properly by involving all leaders including former Presidents, former Prime Minister and former Vice presidents among others. Kenyans should feel they are part of the programme ahead of the celebrations". said Mr. Ruto.

    He said the celebrations will allow Kenyans to assess where they have come from, the country’s history in struggle for independence and also gauge achievements the country has achieved.

    The Deputy President told the committee to only implement programs which can be achieved within the economic reality the of the country. He alss warned the committee against wasteful spending.

    Cabinet Secretary, Sports, Culture and Arts who is also the chairman of the steering Committee Hassan Wario said measures have been put in place to ensure security during the celebrations.

    Mr. Wario said among the activities being carried out include rehabilitation of Mathare Mental Hospital and the pediatric wing at Kenyatta National Hospital.

    The programme will also involve a national tree planting campaign and refurbishment of The Uhuru Gardens and Kenya Cultural Centre.

    Some private partners have expressed interest in helping in the implementation of the programmes.

    November 5, 2013 By Bethwel Kaino/DPPS

  • Deputy President William Ruto on Media Law

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    Deputy President William Ruto has said the Government has no intention of muzzling the press.

    He pointed out that the Government had a constitutional responsibility to uphold all freedoms enshrined in the Constitution and it was not about to emasculate these freedoms.

    Mr. Ruto was commenting on the Kenya Information and Communication (Amendment) Bill. He was speaking at the Jesus Winner Ministry Church, Roysambu, Nairobi where he attended a Sunday service.

    He acknowledged the important role played by the media in informing, educating and entertaining the public but cautioned the media to exercise responsibility.

    He said the Government and stakeholders in the media industry will relook at the bill passed by Parliament with a view of addressing the concerns raised.

    “The media should not be intimidated, indeed the best way to support the Government is to criticize it where it goes wrong,” said Mr. Ruto

    The Deputy President at the same time lauded Kenyans for remaining steadfast and resilient in the wake of challenges like the terror attack at Westgate Mall.

    “Despite our individual differences I am happy that when it comes to national issues, Kenyans come together to overcome any challenges facing the nation," he added.

    Mr. Ruto singled out security as an issue of concern saying the Government would reexamine the security policy.

    The National Government, he added, will work with County Governments in development activities. The Deputy President gave an example of Nairobi where the National Government will be involved in streamlining the transport system, by constructing 28 railway stations.

    November 3, 2013 Mulinya/DPPS

  • Sugar Company receives Shs. 429 Million grant

    Butali Sugar Mills has received a grant of Shs. 429 million  from the Kenya Sugar Board for the development of infrastructure within its catchment area.

    Deputy President William Ruto said that the money will  be used for purchase of equipment for  construction of feeder roads, expansion of the acreage in the sugar catchment area and general improvement of infrastructure.

    He spoke at the factory in Malava.

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    Deputy President William Ruto with Kakamega  Senator  Bonny  Khalwale  and other dignitaries when  he visited Butali Sugar Mills. - Photos

    The Government, he said, had put in place  a comprehensive  plan to ensure concerns of sugar cane farmers were addressed including supplying subsidized  fertilizers.

    He said: “We want  the cost of fertilizer for  sugar cane  farmers to  go down from the current Shs. 4,000 to  Shs. 1,600."

    Mr. Ruto  at the same time   said the Government will protect  local farmers from  unscrupulous traders  who had flooded the market  with imported  sugar from   outside  the Common Market for Southern and Eastern  Africa (COME SA) region.

  • Deputy President William Ruto on food production Nairobi, September 27, 2013 DPPS

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    Deputy President William Ruto held a meeting with Board members of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, when they paid him a courtesy call at his offices along  Harambee Avenue. - Picture

    The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre has opened a modern laboratory at the Kenya Agricultural Research Centre Kiboko. The center is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates to the tune of US dollars 1.2 million.

    The laboratory, the only one of its kind in the Third World will strengthen the maize breeding capacity of the national research programs reducing the time and resources spent on conventional breeding from seven seasons to two seasons. 

    The laboratory has also benefitted from 3.3 million dollars for research purposes.

    At the same time Kari and centre have partnered in tackling the challenge of maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease which afflicted the crop in the southern rift especially in Trans Mara, Bomett, Narok and Naivasha. 

    Meeting the Board of Trustees of centre in his office, Deputy President William Ruto said Kenya will scale up the use of technology and biotechnology in addressing the challenges in food production in the country.

    Responding to concerns by the trustees that Kenya might be left behind in modern research methods, The Deputy President clarified that the country had not banned research in GMO.

    Instead the country was training its own researchers to do research as the policy on GMO is being reviewed. 

    He said it was critical to embrace modern farming techniques in dealing with matters of climate change, seed production, diseases, and post harvest storage methods. 

    Mr. Ruto said it was imperative to employ modern research methods in Agriculture so as to grow enough food crops for the rising population in the country.

    The Deputy President expressed the Government’s readiness to cooperate with international organizations in doing research and educating Kenyan farmers.

    At the same time, He commended the centers initiative at KARI-Njoro aimed at breeding wheat varieties that are resistant to a fungal stem rust disease that threatened the production of the country’s second most important cereal. The wheat program also hosts the international stem rust screening nurseries in East Africa.

    The chairman of centre board of trustees Prof. Andrew Barr said his organization was committed to working with the  (KARI) in improving food production in the country.

    He said his organization was particularly keen on developing maize seed varieties that can withstand the harsh weather conditions prevalent in the country’s arid and semi arid regions.

    Prof. Barr underscored Kenya’s position in agricultural research in the region saying it stood to benefit from the U.S. Dollars 200 million centre has set aside for research work worldwide.

    Mulinya/DPPS - September 27, 2013

  • Government commissions, Ruto calls for synergy - Nairobi

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    Deputy President William Ruto meets Commission on Administrative Justice led by their chairman Mr. Otiende Amolo - Picture

    Deputy President William Ruto has called for synergy among different commissions in the country saying they should work together to deliver service to the people.

    He said although the independence of commissions must be respected, there should be synergy among established institutions.

    “Even if a leader in Government does not agree with the chairman of a commission at personal level, they are obliged to give them (commission) tools to perform their duties."

    The Deputy President was speaking in his office when he received members of the Commission on Administrative Justice led by their chairman Mr. Otiende Amolo who briefed him on the commission activities .

    Mr. Ruto pointed out that Kenyans expected commissions to perform well and avoid engaging in activities that did not advance their mandates.

    He asked public institutions to appreciate roles of oversight bodies like the Ombusman or the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC) in the prudent management of public resources saying well intentioned criticism should be taken positively. “Such criticism improves the quality of service,” he added.

    Mr. Ruto pledged the Government’s support in facilitating the operation of the Ombudsman and other commissions but  they should operate within set budgets.

    Mulinya/DPPS - June 18, 2013

  • The Deputy President at AIC Church service at Moi's Bridge Secondary School in Uasin Gishu County.

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    The Deputy President at AIC Church service at Moi's Bridge Secondary School in Uasin Gishu County.

    Deputy President William Ruto has issued a stern warning he said officers who attempt to steal from the Government through fictitious process or any other means will be sacked. This Government will not tolerate any form of graft and will deal with those who want to embezzle any form of graft we will not have any mercy on them.

    The Deputy President was speaking at Moi’s Bridge Secondary School in Uasin Gishu County after attending a church service.

    "We have given notice to all public servants and people involved with tenders that if they are not ready to stick to the straight and narrow then they should look elsewhere," he warned.

    Mr. Ruto asked Kenyans to be focused and not distracted by the challenges facing the country


    On agriculture, Mr. Ruto said the ministry of agriculture had been issued with adequate funds to purchase fertilizer stocks that will last to the next planting season so that farmers can access the product easily.

    "We have already provided funds to the Ministry of Agriculture to purchase enough fertilizer. We want fertilizer to be in the stores from January to January so that farming is not unnecessarily delayed" he said.

    At the same time, the Deputy President who was accompanied by several MPS asked women and youth to take advantage of the recently launched Uwezo Fund and engage in business.

    He said Sh20million had been earmarked for every constituency for such loans.

    Addressing the same meeting was Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago and his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Alex Tolgos.

    By Godfrey Isiye - DPPS - 29.09.2013

  • Deputy President William Ruto at Church Service - Nairobi

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    Deputy President William Ruto has asked Kenyans to help security agencies fight crime. He said although the responsibility of providing security belonged to the Government, Kenyans also had a duty to provide information.

    He said: “We should be our brothers keepers. Know your neighbours so that we can keep this country safe.”

    The Deputy President said the Government will recruit more security officers and equip them well.

    Mr. Ruto who was accompanied by his wife Rachel was speaking at the Deliverance Church, Umoja in Nairobi where he joined the congregation for a Sunday service conducted by Bishop J.B. Masinde.

    October 13, 2013 DPPS

  • Official Closing - Teldet IDP Camp - October 12, 2013

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    Deputy President William Ruto consults with Trans-Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba at Teldet IDP Camp, in Sabot District, Trans-Nzoia County where the Camp was closed on 12th October 2013.

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    Deputy President William Ruto shares a light moment with Senator Zipporah Kittony at Teldet IDP Camp, in Sabot District, Trans-Nzoia County.

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    Deputy President William Ruto presents a dummy cheque of Kshs.154,400.00 to the Chairman of Teldet IDP Camp Daniel Ndimu Samburuma in Sabot District, Trans-Nzoia County.

  • Deputy President meets International Maize and Wheat Board Members

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    Deputy President William Ruto in a meeting with Board members of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, when they paid him a courtesy call at his office on Harambee Avenue.

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  • Silivester Kasuku, Director General / CEO Lapsset

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    Mr Silvester Kasuku, MBS, CMILT is the Director General/ CEO, LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority.

    LAPSSET is charged with the responsibility of planning, coordinating and managing the implementation of the LAPSSET Corridor’s seven infrastructure Project Components.

    Mr. Kasuku has a wealth of experience and expertise in infrastructure and services management policy, which he has gained over the years through academia, research, consultancy and policy advisory services covering governments, private sector and development partners.

    Mr. Kasuku has been a renowned international Consultant in and outside Kenya where he has undertaken various assignments in Infrastructure and Transport Policy Analysis and development, Institutional and Legal Reform and studies on Infrastructure projects for close to 15 years.

    He has worked as a Consultant/ Technical Advisor with the assistance of the World Bank to steer the Kenya Roads Sector Institutional and Legal Reform between 2002 and 2008.

    Mr Kasuku was also Lead Member for the National Transport Policy Committee that formulated the Integrated National Transport Policy for Kenya, covering all modes of transport (Road, Air, Maritime, Railways and Pipeline).

    Mr Kasuku has since 2002 been an Environmental and Social Development Consultant, for The World Bank Infrastructure Projects in Kenya and Tanzania.

    He is a member of various Professional Societies-Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport (CMILT), Architectural Association of Kenya, Institute of Environmental Assessment, Kenya and Kenya Institute of Planners.

    Mr Kasuku is published in both academic and professional journals.

  • Deputy Secretary, Mr. James Muhoro

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  • Deputy Secretary Cabinet, Ms. Juliana Yiapan

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  • Secretary Administration, Mr. Shadrack Mwadime

    shadrack mwadimeShadrack Mwadime is the Secretary of Administration in the Office of the Deputy President.

    Prior to his appointment he served as the County Commissioner of Nairobi. He has also held other senior positions in the Government as a Senior Deputy Secretary, District Commissioner and District Officer.

    Mr. Mwadime has been a public administrator for more than 20 years offering leadership and coordinating Government's development projects in various ministries.

    During his stint as a District Commissioner in various parts of the countries, he helped in mobilizing local elites to get representations into district development committees, formed and steered the education stakeholders forums, created awareness on the requisite leadership qualities and successfully oversaw the construction and commissioning of various development projects notably in Embu, Keiyo, Tinderet, Bomet and Kisii.

    He has also been part of the National Security Advisory Committee secretariat.

    Mr. Mwadime holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Moi University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Communications, Business Training Limited (UK) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Nairobi.

  • Principal Administrative Secretary, Amb. Daniel W. Wambura

    daniel wamburaAmb. Daniel Waisiko Wambura is the Principal Administrative Secretary at the Deputy President’s Office.

    He is an accomplished lawyer and a career diplomat with immense experience in Public Administration and Multilateral Diplomacy.

    Before joining the office of the Deputy President, Amb. Wambura worked as the Director of Legal Directorate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He has held various positions in public service which includes the State Law office, Electoral Commission of Kenya, Kenya Law Reform Commission and Advocates Complaints Commission.

    As a career diplomat, he has represented the Country in International Bodies such as the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and East Africa Community (EAC) among others. He served as the Charge D’affaires at the Kenya Embassy in Addis Ababa.

    Amb. Wambura holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Nairobi, Post graduate Diploma in Law from Kenya School of law and Advanced Certificate in Legislative Drafting from London University. He also holds several certificates in Public Administration and Conflict Management.

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  • Westgate attack: Ruto visits victims Nairobi

    Deputy President William Ruto visits some of the victims of Saturday’s terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall hospitalised at Aga Khan and MP Shah Hospitals.

    Mr. Ruto who arrived back in the country last night from the Hague to join the President in dealing with the terrorist attack, commended the doctors and nurses at the two hospitals and other medical facilities in the city.

    The Deputy President was accompanied by the Cabinet Secretary for Health James Macharia, his Labour counterpart Kazungu Kambi, Adan Mohammmed of Industrialization and leaders of Majority in National Assembly and in the Senate Aden Duale and Kithure Kindiki respectively.

    September 24, 2013

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    Deputy President William Ruto consoles victims of Saturday’s terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall, recovering at MP Shah Hospital.

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  • Deputy President William Ruto arrival in Nairobi, October 12, 2013 - DPPS

    Deputy President William Ruto arrived back in the country Monday from The Hague, Netherlands.


    October 12, 2013 - DPPS

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    Deputy President William Ruto addressing the press on arrival at JKIA. [Read Speech Here!]

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    Deputy President William Ruto speaks to National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale on arrival at JKIA. Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki (centre) looks on.

  • The President and his Deputy at The African Gospel Church Headquaters, Ngong Road Nairobi.

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta lays a foundation stone at African Gospel Church Headquarters, Ngong Road, Sunday. Deputy President William Ruto, wife Rachel, and the head of the Church Bishop Rev. Dr. Robert Langat look on.

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  • President Uhuru Kenya with Deputy President William Ruto presents a cheque to Joseph Kamau...

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    President Uhuru Kenya with Deputy President William Ruto  Presents a  cheque  to  Joseph Kamau  one of the  internally Displaced person from  NAKA IDP Camp Eldoret   which was closed  down  today. The  Internally  displaced persons  who have  been  camping  in tents as  result of the post election violence  of 2007 -2008   were  all resettled.   The function which  officiated by the  President  and his Deputy, took place at  Mwiruti  Secondary school, Eldoret  County, where  each  family  was given Ksh. 410,000  to buy land  and settle on a place of  their  choice

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    President Uhuru Kenya consults with Deputy President William Ruto during the presentations of cheques to internally Displaced person from NAKA IDP Camp Eldoret which was closed  down. Sept 7th 2013

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    President Uhuru Kenya with Deputy President William Ruto chats with Bishop Cornelius s Korir of Catholic diocese Eldoret during the presentations of cheques to internally Displaced person from NAKA IDP Camp Eldoret which was closed down - Sept 7th 2013

  • Closure of NAKA IDP Camp - Eldoret

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    Internally  displaced persons leave the camp after it was closed. The function which  officiated by  President Uhuru Kenyatta  and Deputy President William Ruto.

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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto at Senator Kipchumba Murkomen's thanksgiving

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto at Senator Kipchumba Murkomen's thanksgiving ceremony at Iten grounds.

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  • Kenya / Nigeria Business forum in Nairobi

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    Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan (left) - President Uhuru Kenyatta (Center) and Deputy President William Ruto (Right)

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    Deputy President William Ruto addresses participants during at the Kenya / Nigeria Business Forum at a Nairobi Hotel.

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    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan addresses participants during the Kenya / Nigeria Business Forum at a Nairobi Hotel

  • President Goodluck Jonathan at the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta's Mausoleum, Parliament grounds

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    President Goodluck Jonathan of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (in black) lays a wreath at the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta's Mausoleum in Parliament grounds.

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  • Arrival of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan

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    Deputy President William Ruto welcomes President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria on this arrival at JKIA.

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    President Goodluck Jonathan of the Federal Republic of Nigeria signs a visitors book. Looking on is H.E William Ruto the  Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya (left).

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    H.E. Goodluck Jonathan, The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria acknowledges greetings from the members of the public and traditional dancers on his arrival at JKIA.

     

     

  • The President and the Deputy President at the Coast during the issuance of Title Deeds

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto issuing Title Deeds

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  • Deputy President William Ruto in Kakamega County

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    Deputy President William Ruto with former Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi during a thanks giving ceremony for Navakholo MP David Wangwe held at Chebuyusi  Primary school Kakamega County.

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    Deputy President William Ruto with Kakamega  senator  Bonny  Khalwale  when  he visited Butali  Sugar Mills.

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    Deputy President William Ruto chats with former Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi during a thanks giving ceremony for Navakholo MP David Wangwe held at Chebuyusi  Primary school Kakamega County.

  • Deputy President William Ruto at Kenyatta University

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    Deputy President William Ruto (left) shares a light moment with Dr. James Mwangi, Chairman Equity Group Foundation and (centre) and Prof. Olive Mugenda (right), Vice Chancellor Kenyatta University during the 4th Annual Education and Leadership for Wings to Fly Scholars.

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    Deputy President William Ruto addresses participants during Wings to Fly Scholars 4th annual Education and Leadership gathering at Kenyatta University Campus.

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    Deputy President William Ruto addresses Students outside the Hall.

     

  • The Late Mzee Kenyatta's 35th Anniversary

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    Deputy President William Ruto is received by former  First Lady Mama Ngina when he arrived at Parliament grounds  for the 35th Anniversary of the death of Late President,  Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. Looking on is the Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Julius Karangi.

    Deputy President William Ruto led the country in observing the 35th Anniversary of the death of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

    The Deputy President, the Kenyatta family, and high ranking officers from the Kenya Defence Forces laid wreaths at Mzee Kenyatta’s Mausoleum before proceeding to the Holy Family Minor Basilica for a memorial service.

    Addressing the congregation, Mr. Ruto said Kenyans will forever be grateful and indebted to Mzee Kenyatta and other liberation heroes for the sacrifice, commitment and courage they displayed.

    He said it was not a coincidence that Kenyans were observing the 35th Anniversary of Mzee Kenyatta’s death in the jubilee year which the Bible says is the year of liberation.

    He said: "I would therefore like to ask leaders to make their contribution in fighting poverty, disease and ignorance."

    Mr. Ruto said although President Uhuru Kenyatta would have liked to attend the service, he was out of the country pursuing the dreams of the liberation heroes. “Even his father would have excused him if he was around,” Mr. Ruto added amid applause.


    The Deputy President conveyed Mr. Kenyatta's greetings to the congregation.

    Mulinya/DPPs - August 22, 2013

     

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    Deputy President William Ruto with former First Lady Mama Ngina are ushered by the Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Julius Karangi when they arrived at Parliament grounds for the 35th Anniversary of the Late President Mzee Jomo Kenyata.

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    Deputy President William Ruto lays a wreath at the Late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta's mausoleum

  • Deputy President meets Jubilee Senators

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    Deputy President meets Jubilee Senators at his official residence in Karen

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    Deputy President William Ruto with Jubilee Senators: Beth Mugo, Hon. Kiraitu Murungi, and Mutahi Kagwe

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    Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki addressing journalists.

  • DP presenting the National flag to the National Roller Skating Team

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    The Deputy President presenting the National flag to the National Roller Skating Team.

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  • The Deputy President receives the Kenyan team that participated in the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

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    The Deputy President receives the Kenyan team that participated in the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

     

  • Deputy President William Ruto in Kirinyaga

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    Deputy President William Ruto and his wife, Rachel, join members of Mothers Union of ACK Church, St James Kiaritha, Kirinyaga County in a chorus during a Sunday service - August 18th 2013

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    The Deputy President  addressing a crowd at Kutus  town, Kirinyaga  County. - August 18th 2013

  • East Africa Community - Military Games - Kasarani

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    Deputy President William Ruto is received by Chief of Defense Forces General Julius Karangi when he arrived at Moi Sports Centre Kasarani for the East African Community Military Games and Cultural events closing Ceremony ~ 16th August, 2013.

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    Deputy President William Ruto juggles a ball when he presided over the official closing ceremony of the East African Military games.

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    Deputy President William Ruto shakes hands with KDF's Ulinzi Stars. ~ 16th August 2013.

  • Deputy President William Ruto at Kenya Music Festival in Nakuru

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    Deputy President William Ruto is welcomed by Mr. Peter Wanjohi, Chairman Kenya Music festivals at Nakuru Boys High School where the 87th Edition of the ceremony was being held. Looking on in the middle is Mr. Paul Kibet, Principal of the School.

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    Deputy President William Ruto (centre), Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua (2nd left) Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi (left) and Mr. Peter Wanjohi, Chairman Kenya Music Festivals (right) during the 87th Edition of Kenya Music  Festival.

  • Deputy President William Ruto sees off President Uhuru Kenyatta at JKIA

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    Deputy President sees off The President Uhuru Kenyatta at JKIA

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  • LSK Annual Conference in Kwale

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    Deputy President William Ruto at LSK's Annual Conference in Kwale

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    Deputy President William Ruto with CIC Chairman Hon. Charles Nyachaye

  • Deputy President William Ruto meets Japanese Trade Minister Toshimitsu Motegi

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    Deputy President William Ruto  meets Japanese Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi at his Karen Official residence.

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  • Intergovernmental Budget And Economic Council Meeting-(KSG)

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    Deputy President William Ruto is received by Controller of Budget, Agnes Odhiambo and other Government officials on arrival at Kenya School of Government, where he chaired the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council meeting.

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    Deputy President William Ruto chairs the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council meeting at the Kenya School of Government, Kabete.

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto with Bishop David Oginde at State House Nairobi

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto with Bishop David Oginde at State House Nairobi

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  • 30th Anniversary Celebrations at ACK St. James Church, Buruburu

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    Deputy President William Ruto is introduced to Church leaders by ACK Archbishop Eliud Wabukala when he arrived at St. James Buruburu to attend the 30th Anniversary Celebrations of the Church.

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    Deputy President William Ruto joins worshipers in singing a hymn at ACK St. James Church, Buruburu during its 30th Anniversary Celebrations 

     

  • Deputy President William Ruto during the thanksgiving service for East Africa, Commerce and Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie

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    Deputy President William Ruto during the thanksgiving service for East Africa, Commerce and Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie at Kabarnet Stadium, Baringo County.

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  • NCIC Commissioners being welcomed by The Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya

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    NCIC Commissioners being welcomed by The Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya

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  • Courtesy call by Chinese Ambassador, H.E. Liu Guangyuan

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    Deputy President William Ruto meets Chinese Ambassador H.E. Liu Guangyuan at his office.

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  • Deputy President Meets KNUT Officials

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    Deputy President William Ruto meets with KNUT Officials in his office

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  • Deputy President meets ambassador of The Republic of Congo and COTU National Executive committee in his office

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    Deputy President William Ruto with the Ambassador of the Republic of Congo H.E Mr. Jean Pierre Ossey in his office on Harambee Avenue. More...

     

  • The Deputy President meets the ambassador of The Republic of Congo and COTU National Executive Committee in his office

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    Deputy President William Ruto with the Ambassador of the Republic of Congo H.E Mr. Jean Pierre Ossey in his office on Harambee Avenue.

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    Deputy President William Ruto with COTU National Executive Committee led by their Secretary General Francis Atwoli  in his Harambee Avenue office.

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     Deputy President William Ruto with the Ambassador of the Republic of Congo H.E Mr. Jean Pierre Ossey

     

  • Deputy President & European Trade Commissioner

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    Deputy President William Ruto meeting European Trade Commissioner

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  • Deputy President Ruto at PEFA church and addressing a crowd at Githurai Bus Stop

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  • The Deputy President at PEFA church and addressing a crowd at Githurai Bus Stop

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    Deputy President William Ruto with wife, Rachel at PEFA Church. On the right is Kiambu Govenor William Kabogo.

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    Deputy President William Ruto addressing a crowd at Githurai Bus Stop after attending a church service at PEFA church.

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  • Deputy President William Ruto with Athletics Kenya President...

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    Deputy President William Ruto with Athletics Kenya President Isiaya Kiplagat (centre) and his Vice President David Okeyo during the National trails ahead of the forthcoming IAAF World Athletics Championship in Moscow, Russia. 13th July 2013

  • Deputy President William Ruto with Athletics Kenya President Isiaya Kiplagat and Vice President of Athletic of Kenya David Okeyo

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  • Dr Richard Leakey archeologist and Founder of Turkana Basin Institute shows deputy president Mr William Ruto human

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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto meeting with the Governors from 47 Counties at State House Nairobi

  • Meeting with UNON Director General

  • Deputy President William Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta

  • DP Ruto meets UNAIDS & GLOBAL FUND EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

  • DP at EACO Congress and Exhibition KICC

    DP William Ruto arrives at EACO Conference

    Deputy President William Ruto at EACO Conference

  • Deputy President William Ruto at OAU/AU 50th Anniversary Celebration in Nairobi

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    Deputy President William Ruto (left) is presented with an (Art work Sculpture) Symbolizing African Unity by Counselor Agostinho Milton of Mozambique (3rd Right) when he visited their stand at the Exhibition during OAU/AU 50th Anniversary celebration in Nairobi.

    Deputy President William Ruto (R) is presented with an (Art work Sculpture) Symbolizing African Unity by Ambassador Batilda Buria of Tanzania (left) when he visited their stand at the Exhibition during OAU/AU 50th Anniversary celebration in Nairobi.

    Deputy President William Ruto addresses the guests when he presided over OAU/AU 50th year Anniversary Celebration AU’s Offices in Nairobi.

    Deputy President William Ruto (C) flanked by Ambassador Kelebert Nkomani The Dean of African diplomatic Corps (r) and Prof. Ahmed El-Sawalhy (left), The African Union Commission Chairperson’s representative where he was presided over OAI/AU 50th year Anniversary celebration at the AU’s Offices in Nairobi.

  • The Deputy President leaves for Japan for a Business Meeting

    Deputy President William Ruto leaves for a meeting in Japan

    The Deputy President Departs for Japan

  • President Uhuru - National Prayer breakfast

    Breakfast Meeting

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President Wiliam Ruto with the former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka during the eleventh National prayer breakfast at Safari park Hotel, Nairobi.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto arrive for the eleventh National Prayer breakfast at Safari Park hotel, Nairobi.

  • Ruto return from Japan

    Deputy President Willliam Ruto  is received by   government officials at JKIA  on arrival from Japan  where he attended  Tokyo International  Conference on  African Development  (TICAD)

    Deputy President Willliam Ruto  is welcomed by   Toshisha  Takata , Japanese  Ambassador to Kenya  on arrival at t JKIA  from  Japan where he attended  Tokyo  International  Conference on  African Development  (TICAD)

    Deputy President Willliam Ruto   addressing the Press  at JKIA  on arrival from Japan  where he attended  Tokyo  International Conference on  African Development  (TICAD)

  • Japan Conference

    Deputy President William Ruto with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during bilateral talks between Kenya and Japan. Japan agreed to assist Kenya both financially and technologically in the energy sector and infrastructural development.

    Deputy President William Ruto with a Japanese business executive during a meeting between African leaders and business executives.

  • Deputy President attending Japan TICAD Day 2

    From left: Liberia President Ellen Sirleaf, Ethiopia Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn,Deputy President William Ruto and World Bank Vice president for Africa Makhtar Diop during a conference on Development in Africa at Yokohama, Japan .

    Deputy President William Ruto accompanied by Kenyan ambassador to Japan Mr Benson H Ogutu leads a Kenyan delegation into a conference hall yesterday in the ongoing Development in Africa meeting at Yokohama, Japan.

    Deputy President William Ruto chats with World Bank Vice president for Africa Makhtar Diop during a conference on Development in Africa at Yokohama, Japan

  • Hon. William Ruto meets Commission on Administrative Justice

    Deputy President William Ruto meets Commission on Administrative Justice

    The Deputy President during a meeting with Commission on Administrative Justice Amollo Otiende

    Deputy President William Ruto meets Commission on Administrative Justice

  • Deputy President William Ruto at Wareng High School and Eldoret's Polytechnic Graduation

    Eldoret Polytechnic Graduation

    Deputy President William Ruto arrives for Eldoret Graduation

    Graduation at Eldoret Polytechnic

    Eldoret Polytechnic Graduation

    The Deputy President with Students of Wareng High School

    Deputy President William Ruto with students of Wareng High School

     

  • The Deputy President meets UNAIDS and Global Fund Executive Directors

  • Deputy President William Ruto Flags off KCB Safari Rally

    Deputy President William Ruto greets Dr. Evans Kidero the Governor of Nairobi when he arrived at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre to officially flag off the 61st Safari Rally. 

    Deputy President William Ruto addresses participants before flagging off the 61st Safari Rally  at the Kenyatta Conference Centre. 

    Deputy President William Ruto ( 3rdleft) flags off the 61st Safari Rally at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre.

  • The Deputy President during a meeting with UNON Director General

    UNON Director meeting with Deputy President Ruto

    Deputy President William Ruto during a meeting with UNON Director General

    UNON Director Meeting with DP William Ruto

  • Dr Richard Leakey archeologist and Founder of Turkana Basin Institute shows Deputy President William Ruto human

    Dr Richard Leakey(left)  archeologist and Founder of Turkana Basin Institute shows deputy president Mr William Ruto human fossils some dating millions of years back when he toured the facility in Lodwar

    Dr Richard Leakey(left)  archeologist and Founder of Turkana Basin Institute shows Deputy President William Ruto human fossils some dating millions of years back when he toured the facility in Lodwar. The Deputy President who was accompanied by the cabinet secretary Ministry of Sports, Culture and The Arts Dr Hassan Wario Arero toured some local archaeological sites as part of creation of a major tourism, environmental and cultural heritage development project in Nothern Kenya with the goal of transforming the Lake Turkana Basin into veritable ‘Garden of Eden’

  • Deputy President at Wareng and Eldoret Polytechnic Graduation

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