Deputy President William Ruto  is committed to fighting poverty in the country as he said.

He said through the bottom-up economic model, millions of Kenyans at the base of the wealth pyramid will have their lives uplifted.

“By embracing the win-win philosophy, we stand to accommodate everyone and ensure they are empowered economically,” he said.

Dr Ruto spoke today at his Karen Residence during a consultative meeting with more than 200 Members of County Assembly from Mt Kenya Region.

MPs present were Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Alice Wahome (Kandara), Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu), Irungu Kang’ata (Murang’a), Muthoni wa Muchomba (Kiambu) and Faith Gitau (Nyandarua)

Others were Jayne Kihara (Naivasha), George Kariuki (Ndia), Wangui Ngirici (Kirinyaga), George Theuri (Embakasi West), Isaac Mwaura (nominated) and former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru.

The Deputy President said leaders have a duty to work together to transform Kenya.

“Crucially, our politics must be anchored on issues and ideas rather than ethnicity and personalities,” he said.

Dr Ruto said it was unfortunate that government agencies such as the Directorate of Criminal Investigations was being used to intimidate and threaten politicians.

“You cannot engage in selective justice system to assist those with weak ideas on how to move Kenya forward,” he explained.

He noted that the use of the criminal justice system to fight political opponents was stale.

“Look for agenda to sell yourselves to the electorate,” added Dr Ruto.

The MCAs said they will not be intimidated.

“We are dedicated to marketing Dr Ruto as Kenya’s President in 2022 because of his development track-record. We will not bow down to pressure,” said Chinga MCA Kiruga Thuku.

Mr Thuku said Mt Kenya was yearning for a leader who would exploit the region’s rich agricultural potential.

“More farm produce and better market prices will uplift Mt Kenya and get it out of poverty,” said the MCA.

Kabazi Ward MCA Dr Peter Mbae said it is Dr Ruto who will take Kenya where it is supposed to be economically.

Nominated MCA Judy Njue from Embu County noted that it is Dr Ruto who will take Kenya to the next level in terms of development.

“He has the energy backed by strong issues that will make our lives better,” she observed.