Deputy President William Ruto has taken a swipe at Members of Parliament who staged a walkout after they were denied a chance to address the public at a function graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Bomet on Monday.

In a thinly veiled attack characteristic of Ruto, the DP labeled the MPs as immature, noting that leaders should understand that they cannot speak at all public functions.

Speaking at the launch of the University of Embu Endowment Fund and opening of Prof George Magoha Library, in Manyatta, Embu County, DP Ruto sarcastically commended the lawmakers for their display of “maturity and understanding” by not walking out on him for not being allowed to speak at the function.

“I want to thank the MPs here who accepted not to make statements and did not lead a walkout from the meetings like others elsewhere.

“It demonstrates maturity of these leaders and the understanding that this is a university occasion and we can always discuss other matters on other occasions,” said Ruto.

Embu MPs who graced the Thursday occasion included Charles Njagagau (Mbeere North), Geoffrey King’ang’i (Mbeere South), Erick Muchangi (Runyenjes), Cecily Mbarire (Nominated) and Woman-Rep Jane Wanjuki.

In his address, the DP called on universities to focus more on offering relevant courses instead of the number of students they admit.

“Universities must focus less on numbers and more on the quality and relevance of courses they offer.

“They must create niche courses, focus on equipping students with knowledge, skills and competencies to produce employable graduates and be part of the solution to unemployment,” he urged.