Coastal leaders urged to work with the Government to take charge of their region’s destiny

Deputy President William Ruto has urged Coastal leaders to work with the Government so that they can take charge of their region’s destiny.

Mr Ruto said the narrative that the Coastal region has been discriminated against and neglected has been used to make the residents lose hope.

“Coast leaders need to change this situation,” said the Deputy President.

The Deputy P resident spoke at a meeting with former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar in his Mombasa office on Monday.

Mr Omar joined Jubilee Party yesterday.

 Mr Ruto said since the Jubilee took over in 2013, about Sh100 billion has been invested in road infrastructure in the six Coast counties.

 He cited the construction of several roads, including the 110km Malindi-Sala Gate, 36km Marikebuni-Marafa, 6.7km Sabaki-Marikebuni and the famous Mariakani- Bamba as some of the projects Jubilee has undertaken in the region.

The Deputy President pointed out that such investments have not been witnessed at the Coast since independence.

He said unless Coast leaders started preaching hope, it would be impossible to solve the problems facing the people.

The Deputy President thanked Mr Omar for joining Jubilee, saying his contribution would be valuable to the party, the Coast region and the country.

Mr Omar said he has decided to work with Jubilee because it was focused on matters of development.

He said Jubilee has solution to development needs of the Coastal people unlike the Opposition leaders who were focused on advancing their individual interests.