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No civil servant will be victimized for doing their job says Ruto



Deputy President William Ruto has asked civil servants to carry out their duties efficiently and without fear; saying the ongoing crusade against corruption only targets those behind the vice.

Mr Ruto assured that no civil servant would be victimized for doing his or her job well and in accordance with the Constitution.

Speaking at Lelboinet Boys High School in Elgeyo Marakwet County on Friday, the Deputy President said the war against corruption was a collective responsibility where all Kenyans must participate if the exercise has to yield fruits.

“Civil servants should do their work well and without any fear as no one will victimize them. The ongoing fight against corruption only targets those responsible for the vice,” said Mr Ruto.

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The Deputy President, at the same time, told leaders not to politicize the war against corruption.

Mr Ruto was accompanied by Governors Jackson Mandago (Uasin-Gishu), Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo Marakwet), MPs Richard Onyonka (Kitutu Chache South), Daniel Rono (Keiyo South) and Turkana Women Rep, Joyce Emanikor, Principal Secretaries Susan Koech (EAC) and Chris Kiptoo (Trade).

He asked the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC), Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Judiciary to carry out their duties without fear, blackmail or mechanisms that could undermine their work.

“Prosecutions and investigations are not political. Such mandates are clear. We should therefore not politicize institutions dealing with prosecutions. They should be left to operate independently without any partisan or regional interests,” said Mr Ruto.

He went on: “Courts must also be left to make decisions on the basis of law and justice so as not to undermine the country’s democracy and the way the public are being served.”

Mr Ruto asked leaders to be at the forefront in helping the people engage in income generating activities aimed at improving their lives.

He urged residents in the area to diversify their farming activities instead of relying one crop alone for their survival.

“As leaders we should help our people engage in crops such as tea, macadamia, coffee among others that they can sell so as to improve their lives,” said Mr Ruto.

MP Onyonka urged Rift Valley leaders to rally behind the leadership of the Deputy President, saying he was the best candidate among the current crop of leaders to take over from President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.

“I will be the chairman of those who will campaign for Mr Ruto’s presidential bid in 2022 across the country,” said Mr Onyonka.

Earlier, the Deputy President said the Government would continue to support the Jua Kali sector with the aim of aligning its activities to the Big Four agenda so as to create more jobs for the youth.

Mr Ruto said efforts were being made to ensure the sector gets access to the East Africa Community (EAC) markets and Africa’s Continental Free Trade area as well.

“We have already demonstrated as Government that this is an important sector. The formation of Micro and Small Enterprise Authority (MSEA) is our commitment to mainstream and formalize the activities of this sector into our industrialization programs,” said Mr Ruto.

The Deputy President spoke at the 19th EAC Jua Kali/ Nguvu Kazi exhibition dubbed support micro, small, medium enterprises, build East Africa held at Eldoret Sports Club in Uasin Gishu County.

Mr Ruto also said the Government has reviewed how Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) would be examining certificate candidates to incorporate skilled individuals in the Jua Kali sector.

He said TVET would conduct examinations based on the practical skills required for the qualification of the certificates that the Jua Kali people seek to poses to help them secure jobs.

“We have given firm instructions to the TVET Authority and the Technical Qualification Framework Authority now have the mandate to carry out exams in whatever language as long as the candidates have the requisite skills and competence to be examined,” said Mr Ruto.

The Deputy President asked investors to take advantage of the opportunities available in the Jua Kali sector.

Mr Kiptoo said the Government is committed to securing international markets for local products in the country.

Mr Tolgos called for value addition in the JuaKali sector so as to earn Kenyans more money.

Mr Mandago asked Kenyans to embrace locally produced goods and shun the culture of importing products that can be made by Kenyans in the Jua Kali industry.

He said the Jua Kali sector has employed many youth and hence reduced the unemployment rate in the country.

The Governor appealed to parents to enroll their children in TVET institutions so as to acquire skills and competencies that can enable them become job creators.






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