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  • Ruto tells Universities to root out tribalism.


    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


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


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


    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


    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.


    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


    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.


    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.


    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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    Photo by Rebecca Nduku/DPPS

    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


    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


    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


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


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


    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


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


    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.


    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


    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.



    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

    kenya at 50

    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


    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.


    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.