, MARSABIT, Kenya, Apr 25 – Deputy President William Ruto has asked Kenyans to shun tribalism and embrace respect and tolerance in order to realize peace and national cohesion.
Ruto said Kenyans should uphold peace and harmony and guard against political hatred that could undermine development efforts.
He said a peaceful country attracts investment and spur social economic prosperity.
Addressing wananchi at Marsabit stadium during the Saku educational fund on Saturday, the Deputy President asked communities in the area to discard practices, which could divide them on clan backgrounds and work together for the sake of peace and development in the area.
“Say no to what will separate you because of politics. Let us stay in harmony as people of one country with a common agenda of molding a prosperous peaceful nation,” he said.
“We cannot build a united nation if we engage in politics driven by ethnicity and tribalism,” added Mr. Ruto
The Deputy President said that Kenya has a great potential of becoming one of the leading African economies if the country is stable and peaceful.
He urged leaders from areas that recently witnessed incidences of insecurity to be at the forefront in preaching peace and uniting all communities in their counties.
“If Kenyans regard each other as brothers and sisters and unite on matters of development, I am sure this country can be great amongst world nations regardless of our ethnic diversity. Let us shun tribalism and unite as people of one nation,” he said.
The Deputy President at the same time said the Government would use Sh1billion to revive the construction of Badasa dam, which has since stalled.
He said the National Water and Irrigation Board has been directed to ensure the construction work resume as soon as possible to enable the residents access water in their homes in the next one year.
“The National Water and irrigation Board has been directed to ensure the construction work on the dam which has stalled begin within the shortest time possible so that residents can get water in their homes in the next one year,” said Ruto.
On education, the Deputy President urged residents in arid and semi arid areas to take education of their children seriously noting that educated citizens were a great resource a country could have.
He said the Government would provide Sh20million to Marsabit Boys High school to improve the school’s infrastructure.
“As we work to change the fortunes of the school, politics should also be kept away from learning institutions,” said Ruto.
He said the Jubilee administration was focused on serving all Kenyans irrespective of how they voted during the last general election.
Mr. Ruto said the Government was committed to transforming the lives of communities in arid and semi arid areas through development of infrastructure, education, livestock and agriculture as well as provision of electricity to Kenyans among other development projects.
He said land adjudication would be carried out in the area to provide title deeds to the locals as one way of solving conflicts over land ownership and grazing fields.
The Deputy President said Marsabit County would be among those areas in the country to benefit from the Government plans to issue at least 3million title deeds in the next five years.
Governor Ukur Yattani, Senator Hargura Godana, MPs Ali Raso (Saku), Stephen Manoti (Borabu), Yusuf Chachu (North Horr), Robert Duba (Moyale), David Were (Matungu), Francis Kigo (Gatundu North), Joseph Samal (Isiolo North) and former assistant minister and NHIF chairman Mohammed Ali among others accompanied the Deputy President.
Governor Yattani said leaders in the area have resolved to forge a common development agenda for the sake of peace and development.
“We want to assure the Government that we have resolved to unite and forge a common development agenda for our people,” said Yattani.
The leaders said that it was time Kenyans learn to tolerate and respect each other as people of one nation with a common development agenda.
Mohammed called on the need for leaders in the county to be at the forefront in promoting peace and reconciliations amongst Kenyans.
“I am happy that clans in this county are working together. It is time to bury our past differences, stamp out tribal politics and embrace forgiveness, peace, healing and reconciliation,” said Mohammed.
Among the areas the Deputy President visited included Badasa dam, Marsabit Boys High School, Dukindole and later laid a foundation stone at Saku technical training institute.