NAROMORU, Nyeri, Nov 29 – Opposition chief Raila Odinga is hoodwinking Kenyans on corruption in an effort to derail the government’s development agenda, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
He said the Opposition leader has no clear agenda for the country, and he has always championed propaganda throughout his political career.
President Kenyatta was speaking in Naromoru, Nyeri, when he launched the construction of the Naromoru-Ngaring’iru-Ngobit Road.
President Kenyatta cited the year 2007, saying the economy grew up to 7 percent. He said Odinga started spreading politics of hatred, which ultimately ruined the prosperity being witnessed at the time.
“The problem in this country is bad politics. We are focusing on negative and divisive politics. Recently, when we allocated money to put up a referral hospital in Nanyuki to ease pressure for Nyeri Hospital, the same person said money has been stolen,” said President Kenyatta.
The Head of State said the corruption scandals ”you keep hearing are just narratives aimed at derailing Jubilee’s economic programme,” said President Kenyatta.
He pointed out that the Jubilee government is putting up systems which will spur economic growth, but the opposition chief is not happy about that.
The President said the tarmacking of the Naromoru-Ngaring’iru-Ngobit Road will ease the movement of people and goods, and access of markets for farm produce will become easy.
“This is historical. For the first time, we are launching the construction of a tarmac road in Laikipia County,” said President Kenyatta.
He also announced that the government has set aside Sh80 million for modernisation of Naromoru hospital so as to help the locals’ access basic medical services within the area.
He said currently the residents are forced to travel long distance to Nyeri Town to seek services which could easily be accessed within the hospital once the face lifting of the hospital is done.
“The millions we are allocating to this hospital are for putting up a modern theatre, ex-ray machines and other modern equipment,” said the President Kenyatta.
The President also commissioned the construction of a modern market at Chaka trading centre, which he said will be a model to be replicated throughout the country.
He said the market will be a one stop shop for all activities as it will serve wholesalers, retailers and also value addition industries.
“This market in addition to serving farmers will also have banking services and all that is required by the people when they go shopping,” said the President.
Deputy President William Ruto dismissed political propaganda against the Government, saying Jubilee won’t be distracted from its agenda to serve the people of Kenya.
”We will continue building roads, providing water, installing electricity and improving hospitals and medical care,” he said.
Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the government has set aside Sh19.5 billion for the improvement of road infrastructure in Laikipia County.
Several infrastructural projects are ongoing countrywide and that once complete Kenyans will be able to move with ease throughout doing business without any limits.
Local leaders led by Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachau and Laikipia Governor Joseph Irungu thanked the President and his deputy for providing good and exemplary leadership to the nation.