, KIJABE, Kenya, Oct 8 – President Mwai Kibaki has advised residents of counties across the country to device good plans for development as the devolved governments will act as centres of focus in the country\’s development.
Speaking when he made three stopovers in Kiambu County on his way to the AIC Kijabe Hospital, the President urged leaders in the country to avoid petty issues and to instead focus on developing the country.
At the same time, the Head of State called on citizens to take advantage of the ongoing construction of the country\’s road network to initiate businesses which will uplift their livelihoods.
He noted that the infrastructural development in the country was intended to benefit all wananchi through fast movement of their goods and services to local and regional markets so as to spur the economic growth of the country.
The President who addressed hundreds at Limuru, Nyambare and Kimende shopping centres affirmed that the government was committed to uplifting the living standards of all Kenyans by implementing projects which will address their immediate and long-term needs.
He also urged Kenyans to redouble their efforts in building the nation for the sake of current and future generations.
On taxation, President Kibaki applauded majority of Kenyans for being loyal and patriotic by remitting their taxes timely which have enabled the Government to undertake the ongoing development projects in various parts of the country.
The Head of State warned that the long arm of the law would catch up with all tax evaders but urged them to join hands with their countrymen in fulfilling the noble duty of building a prosperous nation.
Speaking during the stopovers Limuru MP Peter Mwathi and his Lari counterpart David Mwaura Njuguna thanked President Kibaki for leading the nation through democratic, peaceful national referendum in which majority Kenyans approved the new Constitution.
The leaders noted that President Kibaki\’s visionary leadership and diligence had enabled the country to undertake major projects citing the ongoing construction of the Nairobi-Thika Motorway.
Lari Member of Parliament applauded the Head of State for his government\’s allocation of enormous funds to construct several roads connecting Lari District and other parts of the country.
He cited the ongoing reconstruction of the Nyambari-Githunguri-Ruiru Road, Kimende-Githunguri Road which has been allocated Sh151 million and the Sh1.1 billion allocated for the construction Mugumu-Kamage-Thika flyover.
He also thanked the Government for allocating Sh42 million for the construction of the Lari District headquarters.
Also accompanying the President were Naivasha MP John Mututho and Limuru Town Council Mayor, Cllr Anthony Macharia among others.