VP urges Kenyans to look beyond referendum

October 25, 2010 12:00 am

, THARAKA, Kenya, Oct 25 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has made a passionate appeal to leaders and the public to forget matters pertaining to the last referendum and work together for the sake of peace and accelerated development.
Mr Musyoka said people should stop dividing themselves on how they voted during the last referendum saying all Kenyans irrespective of ethnic backgrounds and political affiliation are now united under the new law.

"I want to strongly urge Kenyans to forget how they voted during the last referendum exercise and work together under the new Constitution,\’\’ said Mr Musyoka.
Speaking at Kanyaru Seventh Day Adventist church in Tharaka district during a funds drive in aid of the church, the VP said it was time Kenyans stop engaging in divisive politics and focus their attention on development.
He said under the new law, Kenyans are free to live and own property in any part of the country without any fear.
The Vice President who was accompanied by area MP Mbiuri Muiru called on church organisations to be at the forefront in educating leaders on the need to exercise servant leadership.
"The churches should be at the forefront in ensuring leaders promote servant leadership if the problems facing wananchi have to be solved," said the VP.
Mr Musyoka reassured the Provincial Administration that they should concentrate on their day to day activities saying nobody will interfere with their jobs.
"The Provincial Administration is part of the central government and cannot be scrapped. Officers within the Provincial Administration have a constitutional right to serve Kenyans," he added.
He said leaders should not threaten the administrators that they have no room of serving Kenyans in the new Constitution.
On insecurity witnessed along the border of Tharaka and its neighbours, the VP warned communities living in the area against taking the law into their own hands but instead solve problems affecting them amicably.
He said it was the responsibility of elders to resolve cases pertaining to boundaries or conflicts over land ownership among other issues affecting the society.
"You people should be agents of real peace and change if this country has to prosper," said Mr Musyoka.
The VP said plans are underway to tarmac the Kitui-Kibwezi-Kikuka-Maua-Isiolo road to ease transportation problems in the area, noting that the World Bank has already carried out feasibility on the project.
He said Tharaka is blessed with rich minerals such as iron ore which when fully exploited will transform the lives of the locals.
"We can make maximum use of such minerals by establishing a cement factory in this area as one way of uplifting the area\’s economic status," he said.
The VP assured the residents that the rural electrification programme was being hastened to benefit them as this will help them engage in various development activities such as the jua kali sector.
He supported the construction of Kibuka dam in the area, saying it will greatly help the residents especially in matters pertaining to irrigation.
Mr Musyoka at the same time sent a message of condolence to families that lost their loved ones following a stampede that broke out at a Kenyan Premier League match between Gor Mahia and arch rivals AFC Leopards at the Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday.
MP Muiru and Prof Kindiki Kithure called on the need for the government to compensate those families which will be relocated from the Kibuka dam in the area.



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