MACHAKOS, Kenya, Jun 9 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged leaders countrywide to focus on improving the lives of Kenyans instead of engaging in endless political supremacy wars.
Saying the elections are over, President Kenyatta said politicians should exercise mature politics and desist from abusing their rivals.
“The elections are over and as leaders; we are called upon to serve the electorate diligently. There is no place for abusive politics in Kenya,”
President Kenyatta said.
The President was speaking Sunday after attending a special mass in remembrance of the late Bishop Urbanus Joseph Kioko at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral Catholic Church in Machakos town.
Earlier when he addressed the congregation, President Kenyatta called on the national and county governments to work in harmony in serving Kenyans.
The Head of State emphasized the two levels of government should consult regularly to ensure prudent utilization of scarce resources for efficient and effective delivery of services.
President Kenyatta pointed out that both the national and county governments were created by the Constitution to serve the same Kenyans and should therefore avoid unnecessary competition.
The Head of State reiterated his commitment to working with all leaders at the two levels of government in order to deliver on the promises he made to Kenyans in line with the Jubilee manifesto.
The President welcomed leaders of goodwill and who have the interest of the country at heart to join him in uniting Kenyans for a peaceful and national cohesion.
He, once again, asked all leaders at to rise above partisan interests and work together to ensure peace and unity prevailed in the Kenyans for the nation to realize tangible development.
The President pointed out that Kenyans were not interested with superiority contests by leaders but improved living standards.
“Let us cooperate for the benefit of the people of Kenya, including food security, peace and reconciliation,” the President said.
The Head of State said attainment of food sufficiency would save the country’s much needed foreign exchange which could have been used on food imports.
On the East African integration, President Kenyatta asked member countries to cooperate in removing the remaining barriers that impeded the free movement of goods and services.
The President said the population over 120 million people in the region provided a large market for investors in the EAC member countries and beyond.
The Head of State, who laid a wreath at the tomb of the late Bishop Kioko inside the church, praised the late Kioko and the departed leaders for their immense contribution to the country’s development which should be emulation by the younger generation.
President Kenyatta donated Sh1 million towards the Machakos Cathedral bus Project.
Speaking during the same occasion, Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua appealed to leaders to shun divisive politics and direct their energies towards development activities that would uplift the standards of living in the country.
The Governor welcomed the waiver of maternity fees in public dispensaries and health centres in the country, saying the move by the Government would improve on maternal health care.
The mass was celebrated by the Machakos Catholic Bishop Martin Kivuva who asked Kenyans to give the new Government a chance to implement policies that would improve on the wellbeing of Kenyans.
Others spoke included Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu, Kenya’s High Commissioner to Tanzania Mutinda Mutiso and the Catholic Bishop of Dodoma in Tanzania Gervas John Nyaisonga.
In attendance were local current and former Members of parliament and hundreds of Catholic faithful from the various churches in the county.