NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 9 – Wiper leader and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka on Friday agreed to close ranks with President Uhuru Kenyatta in transforming the country and uniting Kenyans.
Speaking at the burial of his father, Peter Mairu, Musyoka declared he will be at the forefront of drumming up support for the success of the President’s Big Four Agenda and anti-corruption purge.
“I think I will be Uhuru’s right hand man from now on and I don’t want anyone to question me about it, if you do, you will realise that I am as stubborn as my departed father. I am doing this because we want this people to benefit; we want this nation to be one thing. My brother Raila we will continue to work together,” he told mourners who attended the ceremony.
President Kenyatta on his part welcomed the gesture for political cooperation with those in the Opposition.
“We are not in competition… we shall work together to complement one another for the benefit of the ordinary citizen. We are all Kenyan leaders and we must work together in order to deliver and we must deliver as one,” the Head of State said in his remarks.
Deputy President William Ruto said he was firmly in support of the unity pact born from the March 9 Handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila.
“As your Deputy, I want to confirm to you that you have the support of all the leaders below me on that effort of uniting the people of Kenya and focusing on matters development,” he noted.
At the same time, President Kenyatta directed that the government sacks the contractor in charge of the Kiambere-Seikuru project noting that it has been three years and only 3 per cent of the project was done.
The Head of State further assured Kitui residents that Phase Two of the Kibwezi-Kitui-Tseikuru-Meru road would be complete as soon as funds are available.
President Kenyatta took the opportunity to defend Kenya’s debt, saying the money was used to finance infrastructure to stimulate growth.
He said the debt from the international creditors had been solely to finance transport infrastructure, increase energy production and access to electricity as well as improve security to sell Kenya as a preferred investment destination.