Deputy President William Ruto has urged Kenyans and politicians at large to stop politicking and instead focus on service delivery. DP Ruto said time for politics and campaigns is over and those elected should now focus on delivering services to Kenyans who elected them.
He pointed out that the country has no time for divisions and hatred among communities hence urged all elected leaders in the country to serve people without party affiliations.
“Kenyans want development and we should accept to work with elected leaders and move on. The Jubilee government is ready to deliver its manifesto for the people and improve their lives,” he said.
Speaking at Kishaunet in West Pokot County after launching the tarmacking of Makutano-Kacheliba road, DP Ruto cited that the image of the Pokot community needs to change and politics and disunity might derail the development agenda in the region.
He noted that the government has set aside one million shillings for the expansion of Wei Wei irrigation project to help improve food security.
He added that the government had increased the cash transfer programme funds in the County from Kshs 55 million to 240 million for this financial year and next year they project to increase it to Kshs 300 million.
“The County has more than 12,000 aged persons who are above 70 years, we have plans to ensure that by next year they will benefit from the National Health Insurance Fund,” he said.
On the issue of security, he assured residents that the government will make sure every individual is entitled to security adding that the development projects being initiated in the County will help eradicate the animosity among the neighboring communities.
West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo said KANU will fully support the Jubilee government to ensure they fully deliver their manifesto to Kenyans. “Youths should desist from spreading propaganda and incitement messages on social media because its fueling conflict along the borders,” he added.
Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki lashed at opposition outfit NASA, saying that their political journey in the country ended on Tuesday after Raila Odinga’s swearing-in.
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen said it’s not possible for communities in the North Rift region to be fighting every time by brewing conflict and yet the government is developing other Counties.
“We can’t be that primitive by allowing conflict and cattle rustling to continue and yet as leaders are learning in the same institutions,” he said.
He asked Governors from volatile regions to come up with peace departments that will be able to coordinate with the national government to ensure long lasting peace is established in the region.
He castigated the NASA swearing-in function, saying the event was a mockery, saying the other NASA principals won’t be in the ballot come 2022, “In 2022 the race will be between Raila Odinga and William Ruto. The other principals should forget about the presidency,” he said.
Others leaders present included MPs Samuel Moroto (Kapenguria,) David Pkossing (Pokot South), Peter Lochakapong (Sigor), Lilian Chepchokai, William Kamket among others.