ELDORET, Kenya, Mar 24 – President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto joined other faithful for a thanksgiving Sunday mass at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu County.
Speaking during the occasion, the president-elect thanked voters in Uasin Gishu County and Kenyans in general for maintaining peace during and after the recent General Election.
President-elect Kenyatta said the prevailing peace and unity in the country were key to the implementation of future national development programmes and improved living standards for all Kenyans.
He noted that the Jubilee coalition campaigned on a platform of national reconciliation and unity and will fulfil the pledges by ensuring that Kenyans co-exist harmoniously.
Kenyatta assured farmers of the government’s commitment to ensure availability and access to affordable farm inputs especially fertilisers and seeds.
He noted that it is only through the development of the agricultural sector that the many challenges facing the country can be solved besides improving the living standards among Kenyans.
“Kenyans should now intensify their agricultural activities as the government explores ways of availing affordable fertilisers to farmers,” said President-elect Kenyatta.
He particularly encouraged farmers in the Rift Valley, which is the country’s food basket, to take advantage of favourable fertiliser and seed prices to increase food production to feed the country.
On his part, Ruto reassured Kenyans that the Jubilee coalition will unite all Kenyans without discrimination based on colour, ethnic backgrounds or political affiliations.
“We want to assure Kenyans that the Jubilee government will ensure service delivery to all Kenyans irrespective of colour, ethnic, or political affiliation,” said Deputy President-elect Ruto.
He said he and the president-elect will join hands to unite the nation and to fight tribalism, poverty and diseases.
He emphasised that with national unity and respect for the rule of law, no more innocent blood will be spilled and property destroyed as happened five years ago due political competition.
The mass which also marked Palm Sunday was celebrated by the Catholic diocesan Bishop of Eldoret Rev Cornelius Korir who thanked the two leaders for putting the interests of Kenyans before theirs to ensure sustainable peace and development in the country.
He urged Christians to pray for the blessing of their perceived enemies for them to realize the power of God and mend their ways.
The bishop prayed for the country’s leadership and continued peace and a cohesive society.
The mass was also attended by Governors-elect, Senators-elect, MPs-elect, County Assembly Speakers, senior civil servants and thousands of faithful.