Government is engaged in changing the lives of Kenya as outlined in the Jubilee Manifesto.

Deputy President William Ruto has said the government is engaged in changing the lives of Kenya as outlined in the Jubilee Manifesto.

Mr Ruto said Kenyans’ demands during the campaigns in 2017 must be fulfilled.

Speaking on Thursday in Loiyangalani in Marsabit County during the Lake Turkana Cultural Festival, the Deputy President said the Jubilee agenda was   development of the country.

“We want to empower every Kenyan. We would also want to see a united country. Those are the prime areas of our focus,” he said.

Mr Ruto said the tarmacking of the 230-kilometre Laisamis—Loiyangalani Road had already started “and more resources would be put in it until completion to open up and boost tourism in the region.”

He added that the local airstrip would also be modernised to ease the movement of goods and people.

He, however, urged parents to discard the old traditions of not taking their children to school.

“As pastoral communities, you do not have an excuse to deny your children access to education. We have put enough funds in colleges to ensure that no parent feels the burden of paying college fees,” he said.

The Deputy President was accompanied by Marsabit Governor Mohamud Mohamed Ali, Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, Senators Abubakar Godana (Marsabit), Enock Wambua (Kitui), Zawadi Fondo (Nominated, Kilifi), Boniface Kabaka (Machakos) and Wario Gorich Juma (Tana River).

Others were Women Reps Safia Sheikh Adan (Marsabit), Rehema Galgallo (Isiolo), MPs Musa Arbelle (Laisamis), Dido Ali Rasso (Saku), Sylvanus Osoro (South Mugirango), Hassan Oda Hulufo (Isiolo North), Abdi Koropu Tepo (Isiolo South), Abdikarim Osman Mohamed (Fafi), Qalicha Gufu (Moyale) and Naomi Wako (EALA).

The leaders said they would rally behind Mr Ruto in 2022, observing that Kenya needed a head with energy, focus and determination like his.

According to Mr Tepo, the marginalised communities’ interests would continue being served if Ruto took over in 2022.

“We stand with you as the pastoral communities because you have shown that you are after opening up every area of Kenya,” said Mr Mohamed, who was elected on a KANU ticket.

The Marsabit Governor said the idea behind the celebration of different cultures in Marsabit every year was geared towards strengthening relations between communities.

“So far, this has yielded stability, and now, the focus is on fostering development in the region. We hope other parts of the country would replicate this model of integrating different cultures,” he said, adding that the region has a huge tourism potential that needs to be exploited.