, BOMET, Kenya Oct 9 – The Government will not be held back in its efforts to realise development and unite Kenyans, Deputy President William Ruto has said.
Saying the Government was on a solid path to achieve a complete transformation in the economic, health, education, energy, water, transport, agriculture and social sectors, the Deputy President emphasised that the Jubilee’s development agenda will not be derailed by retrogressive elements opposed to change.
He cited the examples counties, which had lagged behind in signing an agreement that would see residents access specialised healthcare under National Government’s Ksh 38 billionManaged Equipment Services project.
Ruto said it took his personal intervention to have the cancer and kidney treatment equipment installed at Longisa and Ndanai hospitals in Bomet County at a cost of Kush 425 million and Kush 380 million respectively.
“Jubilee is focused in its efforts to lift the lives of Kenyans and nothing will stop us from achieving our development targets,” the Deputy President said.
The Deputy President was speaking today when he joined other Christians for a Sunday Mass at the Mogogosiek grounds in Bomet County.
The Mass was conducted by Father John Paul Cheruiyot of the Mogogosiek Catholic Parish who also delivered the sermon.
The Deputy President commended leaders who have resolved to join Jubilee and work together to improve the lives of Kenyans, saying such politicians have the country’s interests at heart.
The Deputy President said the construction of new roads, the Standard Gauge Railway, connecting households to electricity under the Last Mile Connectivity project, building technical training institutes, provision of water and advancing modern farming methods as ongoing projects that target changing the lives of Kenyans countrywide.
To boost dairy farming, Ruto said the Government will next year construct 30 milk cooling plants in Bomet County.
He said plans are also at an advanced stage to construct technical training institutes in Konoin, Chepalungu and Bomet Central at a cost of Sh100 million each to equip the youth with skills that will enable them engage in gainful activities.
“We are doing all these because we want to empower our youths with skills that will enable them play their part in nation building effectively,” he said.
To cater for vulnerable groups in Bomet County, Ruto said the Government increased the number of the elderly, orphans and persons with disability benefiting from the cash transfer program from 4,000 in 2013 to 12,500 in 2016. He added that while in 2013 the Government only used Kush 96 million for the cash transfer program in Biomet, this year it will use Kush 300 million.
On electricity, the Deputy President said the Government will use Sh 1 billion to connect household in Bomet County under the Last Mile Connectivity project.
Speaking during the occasion, leaders from Bomet and neighbouring counties backed the Jubilee Party.
The speakers included Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter, Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony, Bomet Deputy Governor Deputy Governor Stephen Mutai, and Members of Parliament Sam Koech (Konoin), Paul Bii (Chepalungu), Leonard Sang (Buret) and Bernard Bett (Bomet East).