Deputy President William Ruto was absent from a meeting convened by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, on Thursday, 18th February, to discuss government priorities for the current calendar year.
In a statement, State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena said the meeting brought together Cabinet Secretaries, Chief Administrative Secretaries, and Principal Secretaries to, among other matters, deliberate on the status of ongoing National Government programmes covering Big 4 Agenda and Vision 2030 flagship projects.
She said that the President outlined to the officers his vision and priorities for this year, top among them the completion of ongoing government projects and programmes across all sectors and regions of the country.
Further, the President instructed the officials to ensure prudent utilisation of public resources in service delivery, saying Kenyans must always get the highest value return for their money.
The Head of State urged the officers to embrace teamwork and unity of purpose so as to deliver the promise of a better and prosperous Kenya for all.
The meeting comes few days after the President dared his deputy to resign from the government instead of criticising it.
“Today, you will hear him say that the government has failed Kenyans. Then tomorrow you hear him say ‘we as government’ have done a lot. How many governments do we have? If he is not ready to work, he should just resign and stop inciting Kenyans,” said President Kenyatta.
The President made the remarks at Uthiru, Kiambu County, where he commissioned a health centre.