The former Vice President said the current plight facing millions in the country including poverty, corruption, and drought among others needs partnerships.
Kalonzo, however, insisted that he will not be coerced to go into bed with the new regime for him to assist the First in Command in running the government.
While referring to President Ruto as his ‘brother’ Kalonzo said he was readily available to assist the Head of State to carry the burden if it was getting overwhelming for him.
“If you see the burden getting overwhelming, don’t carry it alone my brother, Ruto. Don’t force Kalonzo to join the government. I’m in the opposition. If you need my help I will assist,” Kalonzo said as quoted by the Kenyans.co.ke.
The president on Monday, November 7, confirmed that millions of Kenyans were suffering from pangs of poverty due to climate change.
Ruto, who was speaking to CNN in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, where he is attending the 2022 COP27, said the move has forced the Kenya Kwanza government to divert money allocated for healthcare to food aid.
“We have to allocate funds meant for hospitals, drugs, and education to be able to feed the population,
“For the first time in the history of our nation, we have had to feed wildlife, and it is something that we have never seen. The reality of climate change is here with us,” the president said.
This comes at a time when reports indicate that at least 16 million children across the country are suffering from poverty and climate change.
Research at the Vrije University Brusel (VUB) found that while 21,242,162 children in Kenya are estimated to be affected by at least one extreme climate event a year, some of them are at particular risk because they are living in poverty and so have fewer resources to protect themselves and recover.