MAKUENI, Kenya, Jun 22 – Seven Members of Parliament from Ukambani say no amount of intimidation will stop them from working with Jubilee administration for the sake of development.
The MPs who spoke at a meeting attended by Deputy President William Ruto said they will continue to work with the government in solving the challenges facing the people of Ukambani despite repeated censures from the CORD leadership.
Ruto has urged the Kamba community to support the government, saying they stood to benefit from Jubilee as opposed to the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) that they are currently aligned to.
Speaking at Kasikeu Secondary School in Kilome Constituency, Makueni County on Wednesday, the Deputy President said the Opposition had no agenda for Kenyans.
“I wish to ask the people of Ukambani to forget what happened in 2013 and support Jubilee come 2017 elections. We know you supported them then but this time let us walk this road together,” said Ruto.
Ruto was accompanied by MPs Regina Ndambuki (Kilome), Joe Mutambo (Mwingi Central), John Munuve (Mwingi North), Munyao Kisoi (Mbooni), Rachel Nyamai (Kitui West), Richard Makenga (Kaiti), Dennis Waweru (Dagoretti) and former MPs Kalembe Ndile and Prof Philip Kaloki.
“What we want is development and not mere politicking. We are working with Jubilee for the sake of the development of our people,” said Mutambo.
Kisoi said no amount of intimidation will stop them from working with the government, which had spearheaded development in the region.
“We have resolved to work with the government and nothing will shake us in doing this. Petty politicking cannot take us anywhere,” said Kisoi.
The leaders told the Kamba community to make a wise decision and support Jubilee come the next election if they are to be part of the winning team.
“It is upon our people to make a wise decision. They should either support Jubilee if they want to be part of the Government or continue sticking with Opposition which is not taking us anywhere,” said Mutambo.
The MPs said they supported the Jubilee administration because its aim was to unite Kenyans.
“I want to tell my Kamba brothers and sisters that CORD is not taking us anywhere. As a community we should know that we have nothing to benefit from the Opposition,” said Ndile.
The MPs said the Opposition was merely seeking cheap publicity in demonstrations they had held calling for the disbandment of the electoral commission.
The Deputy President said the government would serve all Kenyans equally despite their political affiliations.
He said the country needs to be unified in order to develop.
Ruto urged leaders to work together irrespective of their political affiliations and focus their energies on development.
“We want to see the country develop equally. Jubilee will be a unifying government for the country’s economic stability,” said Ruto.
“We have put aside our political differences and serve Kenyans. This is why I am here today,” said Ruto.
Gender and Youth Affairs Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki and Makueni Deputy Governor Adelina Mwau were also present.