President Uhuru Kenyatta joined Bomet County Governor Isaac Ruto in defending the roles of County MCAs.
The president, in a move which has left the Deputy President fighting a lone war on wage bill, Â awarded County Assemblies Members new perks even as the government Â talked tough on the ballooning wage bill.
President Uhuru, while addressing MCAs in Mombasa, also maintained their positions will not be scrapped even as the government pushes for a review of the constitution.
President Uhuru Kenyatta also extended more goodies to the over 2000 MCAs, pledging car grants and house loans.
“If other elected leaders got grants or loans, it will apply to you. All of you were given the mandate by Kenyans and you should be treated equally,” said Uhuru.
Ruto, who was not informed about the move, is said to have called Uhuru and openly urged him to ‘at least be courteous’ in his dealings with the public. Like the rest of the country, the deputy President read the President’s sign off
Handlers of the Deputy President have in the past maintained that Ruto is being used to harbinger bad news while President Kenyatta maintains a friendly, even flirtatious, relationship with the populace.
Ruto, seen to favour a review of the constitution, also must have been left whipping a rotten egg in his face when Uhuru assured the over 700 nominated County Assembly Representatives that they won’t go home.
Calls to slash the number of political posts created by the new constitution is more pronounced on the URP side headed by the Ruto group which already put the DP at loggerheads with some of his own top party members. Outspoken Bomet Governor has consistently accused Ruto of fighting devolution.