, ELWAK, Kenya, May 19 – President Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday kicked off his working visit to the North Eastern region by launching a key road that will help open up the region to development.
President Kenyatta, accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto and several leaders from the region, commissioned the tarmacking of the Sh2.5 billion Elwak-Rhamu road at Elwak town.
The 135 kilometre road will be constructed in three phases; Elwak-Wargadud, Wargadud-Bambo and Bambo-Rhamu.
Speaking when he launched the Elwak-Wargadud section of the road, President Kenyatta said his visit to the region affirms the Jubilee Government’s determination to ensure that no part of the country lagged behind in development.
“We want to ensure that lack of development will no longer be used as a political tool. We assure you that the Jubilee Government will remain focused in its all-inclusive approach to development,” President Kenyatta said, adding that the road will boost the region’s economy.
On security, President Kenyatta said the government has increased the number of security officers and equipped them adequately to address the challenges of insecurity across the region.
He called on the residents to cooperate with the security agencies by exposing criminals.
He also urged the residents to shun divisive politics and live together in harmony as Kenyans.
“No development will be achieved in the region if communities are divided along clan and tribal lines. Do not allow these divisions to undermine peace,” President Kenyatta said.
On health, he said the National Government is working with the County Government to boost the provision of health services.
President Kenyatta pointed out that the government will also use Sh380 million to provide specialised equipment under the Managed Equipment Service project at Elwak Level 4 hospital, adding that a similar amount will be used to improve the facilities at Mandera Hospital.
Through the National Government’s Managed Equipment Service project, two hospitals in every county are being equipped with MRI, theatre, renal dialysis, radiology and Intensive Care Unit facilities.
President Kenyatta disclosed that the National Government has also set aside Sh50 million for a Medical Training College at Elwak that will be constructed in collaboration with the Mandera county government.
Deputy President Ruto said the Jubilee Government will not waver in its focus on developing the country.
“Our visit here is proof that we are steadfast in our commitment to develop in all parts of the country,” the Deputy President said.