Deputy President William Ruto has reiterated that the government will be ruthless and relentless in the war on graft as it seeks to transform Kenya into an upper middle-income country.

DP Ruto stated that every arm of the Government has to contribute in the fight against corruption, adding that “every citizen must play their part” if the country is to develop.

He noted that no one will be spared as the government seeks to tame wastage and abuse of public resources.

“The fight against organised crime, mismanagement, theft and corruption is now running full steam and there are no friends, no relatives and no political sides,” said WSR.

The DP was speaking in Nairobi during the 10th Development Partners’ Forum with Cabinet Secretaries, Governors, and development partners on Tuesday at his Karen office.

The meeting sought to understand the priority areas of the Big Four agenda. Development partners pledged to align their strategies to the grand development agenda.

The Deputy President noted that in the fight against graft, his office would be providing leadership on Open Government Partnership to foster transparency, accountability and promote citizen participation.

“The transformation of Kenya is necessary, urgent and inevitable,” said the DP.

“Over the last five years, we have built a firm foundation to transform Kenya, including laying an extensive infrastructure road, rail and electricity network.

“The imperative to accelerate Kenya’s development under the Big Four means that there is so much to do, in so short a time, with only so much available.

DP Ruto noted that development partners, the private sector and other non state actors will play a pivotal role in the government’s strategy to manage the cost of living, create jobs, reduce poverty, increase wealth and eliminate inequalities.

“Development partners are doing excellent work and collaborating with the Government at various levels to catalyse Kenya’s transformation. We look forward to strengthening coordination and improving our collective capacity to deliver and succeed,” said DP Ruto.

The meeting was attended by top envoys including the Head of the EU Delegation in Kenya Stefano-Antonio Dejak, US Ambassador to Kenya Bob Godec, Swedish Ambassador to Kenya Anna Jardfelt, UN Resident Co-ordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative Siddharth Chatterjee,  UNDP Country Director Amanda Serumaga, Food and Agricultural Organisation Representative in Kenya Gabriel Rugalema, among others.

Cabinet Secretaries at the forum included Henry Rotich (Treasury), James Macharia (Transport), Sicily Kariuki (Health), Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs), Mwangi Kiunjuri (Agriculture) and Eugene Wamalwa (Devolution).