, MACHAKOS, Kenya, Jun 16 – The government will continue to work closely with leaders from the Opposition who are focused on development, Deputy President William Ruto has said.
Ruto said there were many leaders from the Opposition who have the same vision as that of the Jubilee administration.
Ruto said the Jubilee administration has no apologies to make for working with leaders from the Opposition who were focused on service delivery.
“There are those leaders from the Opposition who have the same vision as that of the Jubilee administration on matters of development and we are unapologetic for working with them in addressing challenges facing Kenyans,” said Ruto.
Speaking during celebrations to mark Machakos Girls High School 100 years of education held at the institution’s grounds on Tuesday, the Deputy President singled out Governor Alfred Mutua (Machakos) who was present, as one of those leaders who were focused on service delivery.
“We want leaders who believe in the progression, stability and a peaceful nation that all of us will be proud of. We should discourage the culture of dividing our people on tribal, religious and political party grounds,” he said.
He went on: “There is more that unites us as Kenyans than what divides us.”
The Deputy President was accompanied by Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi, MPs Victor Munyaka (Machakos town), Lati Lelelit (Samburu West), Sabina Chege (Murang’a) and former MP Kalembe Ndile among others.
Ruto said the government will continue to serve all Kenyans irrespective of how they voted during the last general election.
He added that it will not be shaken by those engaging in confrontational politics.
“What Governor Mutua has done in this county as far as service delivery to the people is concerned is commendable and worth emulating. As government we will support such initiatives for the sake of development,” said Ruto.
” There should be consultation and cooperation and not quarrels, confrontations and political competitions round the clock. There is time for everything. That is the spirit of devolution,” he added.
The Deputy President asked Kenyans to take education of their children seriously noting that educated citizens were a great resource a county could have.
He said the government was putting a lot of resources in the development of education that will see both primary and secondary education become free in the next two or three years.
The Deputy President said the number of girls enrolling in schools has increased from 760,000 to 1.1million since the Jubilee administration took over the leadership of the country.
” We are going to work together with county governments to ensure dreams of children on matters of education are fulfilled,” he said.
Ruto assured that challenges such as early marriages, sexual abuses, female genital mutilation and early pregnancies which have become stumbling block to the development of girl-child education in some parts of the country were eliminated.
“As a country, we have the mandate to make sure that issues like early marriages, sexual abuses, FGM and early pregnancies do not stand in the way for girls to attain education and succeed in life,” said the Deputy President.
Ruto praised schools which have stuck by the school fees guidelines issued by the government in the recent past.
“I am happy that most schools including this Machakos Girls are sticking by the Government’s fees guidelines. Those schools charging fees up to the tune of Sh80,000 per year are doing deserve to this country and the children,” said Ruto.
Governor Mutua said no amount of intimidation will stop him from working with the Government in ensuring service delivery for the people of Machakos.
He blamed bad politics on underdevelopment in the area saying he will work with leaders whose agenda was to transform the lives of the people.
“It is saddening that political leaders are wrangling at the expense of development. We should focus our energies on serving the people,” said Mutua amid jubilation from the crowd.
“Unless Kenyans change their approach to politics, development will never be realised,” added Governor Mutua.
He said some leaders were bent on ensuring the people they lead remained poor so that they continue to bribe them to achieve their selfish interests whenever elections were called.
The MPs praised the ongoing efforts by the government to make education affordable to all Kenyans irrespective of their economic status.
Munyaka said he will work closely with the government in implementing the promises it made to Kenyans.
He said development will be elusive if leaders were divided.
“As leaders we should support the government in its development agenda if we are to achieve the much needed development,” he said.
Ndile urged schools principals to abide by the Government’s directive and ensure all children from poor backgrounds who were yet to collect their certificates because of fees arrears were allowed to collect their certificates without further delay.