Posted Friday, July 27 2012 at 23:30
- Aspirant says a ‘serious’ person should be appointed if minister fails to deliver to the youth
URP presidential candidate William Ruto on Friday asked Immigration minister Otieno Kajwang to resign over what he called his ministry’s failure to issue identity cards(ID) to the youth.
Speaking during a rally in Trans Nzoia County, Mr Ruto said the government waived fees charged before acquiring ID cards to speed up their issuance but the ministry has erected fresh hurdles in the registration process.
The Eldoret North MP, while reacting to residents’ complaints over difficulties in acquiring the document, called on Mr Kajwang to ensure that there are no hurdles in the registration process.
“Mr Kajwang should perform or quit so that the job can be given to a serious person who can perform,” said Mr Ruto.
He said these during a stopover in Kobos area, Kwanza.
He expressed fears that many people will be locked out of the next elections due to lack of the vital document.
Kenyans need an ID card to register as voters.
“Young people will not vote for their preferred leader because of lack of IDs,” he lamented
“We have good arable land but our farmers cannot produce enough. They need to be given better seeds, affordable fertilizer and access to markets to make the country food-sufficient,” he said.
If elected president, he pledged that his government would set up a special fund for youth and women in the rural areas to tap the region’s “great economic potential.”
The MP referred to his tenure as the Agriculture minister saying he had a track record as a performer.
“The next elections will be a contest between those who preach about what should be done to change the society and those who perform. Some leaders are good in entertaining crowds but cannot show what they have done for the country,” he said.
Meanwhile, Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka kicked off his Rift Valley campaign in West Pokot County where he toured Kapenguria GK Prison, Chewoyet and Kapengurua High schools before addressing a leader’s meeting near the schools.
The VP is expected to pitch tent in West Pokot and Trans Nzoia counties in a vote-hunting mission this weekend.
He will also address other rallies in Kitale town.