, ELDORET, Kenya, Nov 16 – The Jubilee Party will unite the country, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
Addressing more than 500 leaders from the North Rift counties of Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Nandi and Elgeyo Marakwet at Eldoret State Lodge on Sunday evening, President Kenyatta said that was why parties allied to the Jubilee Alliance were coming together to form one outfit that will consolidate country’s unity.
“We cannot say we are united when we belong to many parties. That is why we want to form one formidable party – the Jubilee Party – to consolidate our unity as a country,” President Kenyatta told the leaders.
He asked the Opposition to respect the government and stop peddling insults if they wanted to be respected.
The President urged residents to ignore those who preach division every election cycle, saying “They expect Jubilee to split but let us prove to them that will always remain united.”
“William Ruto and I are working together and are focused on what we are doing,” President Kenyatta said.
During the meeting that discussed the development agenda of the North Rift, the President outlined the development projects that the National Government has implemented in the region since it came to office and those that are in the pipeline.
President Kenyatta affirmed that the initial Jubilee plan to bring people together and settle Internally Displaced Persons and the landless is on course, adding that electricity, infrastructure and water projects are also ongoing in all parts of the country.
“We want to show people that our government does not discriminate. Our aim is not to form a government for five but 50 years,” President Kenyatta said.
He added: “In five years, the money the National Government will have spent in the four counties for development will be more than what has been spent in 20 years.”
The President made major announcements that will promote agriculture in the North Rift.
He said a Sh11 billion fertiliser factory – the first in the country – will be built in Eldoret.
To promote dairy farming in the region, President Kenyatta said the government has allocated Sh400 million for the expansion of the Kenya Co-operative Creameries (KCC) factory in Eldoret. He said a Sh500 million debt KCC owes the government has also been waived to enable the factory run smoothly and pay farmers promptly.
The Head of State informed the leaders that the government has also increased allocation of funds to the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) to expand its depots and buy maize from farmers on a continuous basis.