Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday laughed off remarks by President Uhuru Kenyatta that he was spending most of his time loitering.
Mr Ruto explained that he was seeking information on how national projects were being implemented and getting feedback from the people.
"I am happy to report what I have been doing while loitering at the grassroots every weekend. I have something to report because it is what you have sent me to do," Mr Ruto told mourners during the funeral service of National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi's mother at Kanyuambora Secondary School, Embu, on Saturday.
He added that he is happy interacting with the public.
President Kenyatta's comments, at the same event, were: "Na wakati huyu William anazunguka zunguka na kuzurura zurura atakuja kuangalia kama imemaliziwa (When William Ruto roams he will come to check whether the project has been completed)."
Mr Ruto enumerated some of the projects the national government is undertaking in Embu County.
For example, he said the incomplete ones are Muthatari-Siakago-Ugweri road, Embu Level Five Hospital-Kathangariri-Kianjokoma road and Kiritiri-Siakago road; but he issued a stern warning.
"The contractor should either complete it or ship out," Mr Ruto said.
He said the national government had also set aside Sh770 million for electrification in the region and is about to complete the construction of a cancer centre at the Embu Level Five Hospital.
President Kenyatta eulogized Virginia Ciarunji Njoka as someone who was a strong pillar in her family.
He said a laboratory will be built at Kanyuambora School in her memory.