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Get your priorities right, DP Ruto tells Raila over BBI push amidst Covid-19 pandemic

DP William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga at the funeral service of Matungu MP Justus Murunga at Makunda Primary School on December 5, 2020/PSCU

In a veiled attack on ODM chief Raila Odinga, Deputy President William Ruto has asked leaders to get their priorities right.

DP Ruto said the coronavirus pandemic had plunged Kenya into serious economic crisis that called for special attention.

He said it was irresponsible for a section of leaders to claim some political processes should be completed “before we address the pandemic and the challenges facing medical care workers”.

“To deal with these challenges that threaten our survival, we must start by focussing on how to deal with the health pandemic,” he said.

This, he said, could be handled by ensuring that healthcare workers, particularly those at the frontline, are protected and their issues taken care of.

Raila and his allies have maintained that the BBI constitutional amendment process must continue despite Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking in Kisumu county on Monday, Raila appealed to doctors to be understanding.

“It’s not only doctors who are dying… we are also in a hard position economically… this is not the time to hold the government at ransom,” he said.

The Deputy President spoke on Tuesday at Ainamoi constituency in Kericho County during the funeral service of Lieutenant-General (Rtd) John Koech.

He described him whom as a “bold patriot who faithfully served and defended Kenya with distinction and honour”.

He was accompanied by Energy CS Charles Keter, Kericho Governor Prof Paul Chepkwony, Deputy Governor Susan Kikwai, MPs Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho) and Senator Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet).

Others were Millicent Omanga (nominated), Silvanus Maritim (Ainamoi), Johana Ng’eno (Emurua Dikirr), Nelson Koech (Belgut) and Geoffrey King’ang’i (Mbere South).

“We must engage with the leadership of our medics so that we can address the issues that they have raised,” Ruto said.

At the same time, the Deputy President asked Kenyans to follow the guidelines of medical experts “because of this deadly pandemic”.

His sentiments were echoed by CS Keter who said the extraordinary challenge called for Kenyans to be alert, and take care of themselves.

On his part, Murkomen asked the church to step forward, and speak the truth to power during this tough time.

“Instead of putting money in politics, let us channel more resources in confronting Covid-19. These referendum campaigns are worsening the already dire situation,” Murkomen said.

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