Deputy President William Ruto has said politics based on unity and development will lead the country to prosperity.
Mr Ruto said the Government will pursue unity of the country as well as initiating projects that can transform the lives of the people, saying they will not be distracted by leaders with no agenda for the country.
He said the Government’s transformative agenda and unity of all Kenyans that started in 2013 was yielding fruits, enumerating the progress that has been achieved in health, water, infrastructure, energy, and education sectors across the country.
Speaking at St Thomas Moore Kairuri Catholic Church and Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK), Kianjokoma Parish, in Embu County on Sunday, Mr Ruto said Jubilee was formed in 2013 with the aim of eliminating politics based on tribalism by bringing all the Kenya’s different ethnic communities together.
“We agreed as Jubilee when we came together in 2013 that we will do our best to unite all Kenyans so that we eliminate politics based on tribalism and regard each other as brothers and sisters,” said Mr Ruto.
“I want to assure Kenyans that we are united as time for politics and elections is over. The debt that we have for the people of Kenya as leaders is to serve them,” added Mr Ruto.
Present were Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki, Governor Martin Wambora, Senate deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki, MPs Njeru Ndwiga (Embu), Gitonga Murugara (Tharaka), Patrick Munene (Chuka Igamba’ngombe), Geoffrey King’ang’i (Mbeere South), Peter Muriuki (Mbeere North), Joseph Muchiri (Runyenjes) and Jane Wanjiku (Women Rep, Embu).
Mr Ruto who was accompanied by his wife, Rachel, urged leaders to ignore individuals who were engaging on divisive politics and instead concentrate on the implementation of the Government’s Big Four agenda.
“Our politics should now be on the development agenda. It was just last year that we participated in gruesome period of elections for a year and it’s now time to implement what we promised the people,” said Mr Ruto.
Mr Ruto said coffee farmers across the country would benefit from the Government’s subsidy program, aimed at reducing the cost of farm inputs.
He said the Government has budgeted Sh 1.5billion for coffee farmers subsidy that will enable them to buy fertilizers at lower prices as part of the efforts to transforming the sector.
The leaders said they would continue supporting the Government’s efforts in improving the lives of the people, dismissing prophets of doom that Jubilee was now a divided house.
“We know the prophets of doom want Jubilee Party to break for their own selfish gains but we want to state it clearly that our party will remain united and focused in its unity and development agenda for this country,” said MP Munene.
Prof Kindiki said some leaders were fighting Mr Ruto because he was doing his work well.
“The reason why some leaders are fighting Mr Ruto is because he is doing the right thing in terms of initiating development projects on behalf of the President,” said Prof Kindiki.
Governor Wambora said Mr Ruto was the most accessible leader who was always committed to solving the problems facing Kenyans.
He said Embu County has managed to carry out 50 brain surgeries successfully because of support from the national government in terms of equipment’s.
“We will continue to work with the national government in implementing the Big Four agenda in our area. The unity between President Kenyatta and his deputy has been in existence for more than six years and that unity can’t be destroyed by anybody,” said Mr Wambora.
CS Kariuki said her ministry would do its best to ensure that access to healthcare, which is part of the Government’s Big Four agenda, is successfully executed.
The legislators said they welcomed the recent unity pact between President Uhuru Kenyatta with Opposition leader Raila Odinga but warned that they will not allow the move to distract Jubilee’s Big four agenda.
They vowed to rally behind Jubilee’s transformative agenda, which started in 2013.
Head of Catholic Church, Cardinal John Njue urged leaders to continue preaching peace and unity among all Kenyans.
Embu Catholic Diocese Bishop Paul Kariuki said the tours by Deputy President across the country were aimed at ensuring the successful implementation of the Government’s development agenda.
The Deputy President said the Government would continue to partner with churches on matters of development especially in health and education sectors.