Quit, Kibaki tells unhappy Ministers

March 17, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 17- President Mwai Kibaki on Tuesday challenged Cabinet ministers dissatisfied with the Grand Coalition Government to quit or risk being sacked.

The President accused some Cabinet ministers of taking Kenyans for granted by failing to raise pertinent issues in the right forum and said they assumed that the public was ignorant.

"These leaders are misled because Kenyans want better lives, roads, water and affordable health services," he said.

Mr Kibaki who spoke at Keroka Township while commissioning the recently tarmacked Keroka-Nyangusu Road, said he would not allow those leaders to distract the Grand Coalition Government from implementing its priorities which is destined to bring development.

He was optimistic that the coalition government would serve its full term since it was already working to fulfil some of its obligations especially equitable distribution of resources in all parts of the county.

He said his administration would remain responsive to the needs of Kenyans.

Earlier at Chebilat Market along the Borabu-Sotik border, he reassured that all political parties that formed the Coalition Government were closely working together on the country’s main agenda of development.

He urged elected and grassroots leaders to avoid cut-throat competition that undermined the development agenda of the country.

The Head of State pointed out that taxes collected from Kenyans would be prudently utilised to spur equitable development in all parts of the country.

He said that the government was working hard to build an economic power house and urged Kenyans to support the efforts.

He further reassured that channels of communications remained open to both the public and leaders to enable them forward issues of concern and their welfare to the government.

Meanwhile, the Head of State has warned drivers against drunkenness and ordered stiff penalties to be meted on those speeding and committing other traffic offences.

The Head of State urged Borabu-Sotik residents who were affected by the 2007 post-election violence to shun tribalism and reject divisive politics pursued by selfish leaders.

He also took the opportunity to urge the residents to take advantage of the recently launched marshal plan ‘Kazi kwa Vijana’ to enable them avoid crime.

Education Minister Professor Sam Ongeri who accompanied the President on the tour, hailed the existing peace along the common border but complained that the current peace was being undermined by frequent cattle thefts.

He urged the government to prioritise the construction of the Shabera-Ikonge-Chebilat-Ramasha Road to promote security operations.

Professor Ongeri further commended religious organisations for establishing churches along the common border to foster peaceful co-existence among members of the various communities.

Sotik MP Joyce Laboso requested the President to also tour other areas in Rift Valley including her constituency.


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