, BUNGOMA, Kenya Nov 14 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have urged politicians to shun divisive politics and join hands in serving Kenyans irrespective of party affiliation.
The President said Jubilee was a Government for all Kenyans and that was why they were initiating development projects across the country without discrimination.
“Democracy demands that we have elections after every five years but once the elections are over and Kenyans have made their choice, leaders have to shelve their differences and work together to develop the country,” President Kenyatta said.
President Kenyatta was speaking on Saturday in Bungoma where he opened the Lwakhakha border post to boost security, trade and co-operation between Kenya and Uganda for the benefit of the people of the two countries living along the border.
The President also launched the upgrading of Lwakhakha – Sirisia – Chwele road and appealed to Bungoma residents to take advantage of the infrastructure to improve their economy.
He said the road will increase the volume of business in the area once more travellers to Uganda and South Sudan start using it upon its completion.
The President disclosed that he had discussed with Uganda President Yoweri Museveni who assured that the road from Mbale, on the Uganda side, to the Lwakhakha border post will be tarmacked to ease cross-border transport.
President Kenyatta – who was accompanied by the Deputy President, Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka and other leaders from the Western region – appealed to politicians to focus on development and serving Kenyans instead of dwelling on divisive politics.
“Elections will come and go but Kenya will remain. That is why once we are done with elections, as leaders, we need to get down to development and serving the electorate even if they did not vote for us,” President Kenyatta said.
Addressing residents when he made stopovers at Sirisia, Chwele and Mayanja markets, the Head of State emphasised that the Government will not waver in its focus to develop all parts of the country equally.
He cited the implementation of infrastructure, health, water and agriculture projects across the country as testimony of the Government’s commitment to improving the lives of Kenyans.
On electricity, President Kenyatta noted that when the Jubilee Government came to office, only 2 million households were connected to electricity but now the figure has risen to 4 million.
He said the Government’s primary school electricity project was on course and by early next year all primary schools in the country will be connected to electricity.
The Head of State pointed out that the Kenya Government, in collaboration with the Italian Government, was also implementing Chesikai water project that will benefit Bungoma residents. He said the Government has also secured Sh600 million for water projects in Bungoma county from the Korean Government.
“This shows our commitment to serve all Kenyans equally. We believe that if we develop Bungoma, we are developing whole of Kenya,” President Kenyatta said.
He said the Government also increased allocation to the education sector and catered for exam fees for all students in public primary and secondary school to ease the fees burden and ensure that no one is denied the right to take the important exams.
Deputy President Ruto reminded that the country will not achieve its development targets and Kenyans will not receive the services they voted for unless leaders devote their time to development instead of endless politics.
“Elections are over and the Jubilee Government is working for all Kenyans. Let us join hands and develop our country,” the Deputy President said.
He disclosed that the Government has allocated Sh100 million for the construction of Sirisia Technical Institute, adding that the Government was keen on putting up technical institutes in every constituency to provide skills that will enable the youth to engage in gainful activities.
The Deputy President said the Government had also connected electricity to 650 out of the 705 primary schools in Bungoma County, adding that the remaining 55 will get electricity before the end of January next year.
Governor Lusaka and Sirisia Member of Parliament John Waluke assured President Kenyatta and Deputy President Ruto of the Western residents’ support, noting that the region has experienced more development now than during any other regime.