Leaders asked to focus on serving the public

Deputy President William Ruto has called on leaders to focus on serving the public rather than engaging in endless political rivalry.

He said the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition chief Raila Odinga should be embraced by all, and be a start of the end of petty politics.

“As leaders, we should set aside our political differences and focus on the implementation of development projects that will transform Kenya,” he said.

Mr Ruto spoke on Monday in Migori and Homa Bay where he launched various development projects in the two counties.

He said the days for politics that add no value to Kenyans ended during the last general elections.

“This is not the time to discuss who is in NASA or Jubilee. As elected leaders, whether in NASA or Jubilee, this is the time to unite so that we can serve Kenyans.”

While addressing wananchi during the commissioning of the Masara-Suna-Kehancha and Awendo-Mariwa-Oyani Roads, the Deputy President said they are ready to work with all leaders for the benefit of the people.

Migori Governor Okoth Obado supported the Deputy President’s sentiments, observing that Kenyans expect service delivery rather than divisive politics from their leaders.

Mr Ruto said the national government will deepen partnerships with counties to implement various development projects in not only Nyanza but across Kenya.

“The Government will begin the construction of Masara-Sori road by December. Work will also start soon on the Isibania-Kisii-Migori so as to boost commerce in the region,” he said.

In addition, he said the government will spend Sh1.2 billion to connect 25,000 households in Migori County and another Sh150 million to upgrade and equip Migori Hospital.

“We have connected 30,000 households to power in the last five years under the Last Mile Project. Our long-term plan is to intensify power connectivity to help businesses thrive,” said Mr Ruto.

Earlier, the Deputy President toured the Tom Mboya Level VI Hospital in Rusinga Island in Mbita Constituency, where he said the national government would support the expansion of the facility to the tune of Sh20 million.

Mr Ruto also launched the upgrading to bitumen standard of the 67-kilometre Kadel-Alara-Pala-Kanyadhiang Centre-Kilusi-Opanga-Ramba Road in Karachuonyo Constituency, a project that is expected to be completed by June 2020.

In Homa Bay, he said youths should engage in gainful activities and avoid being abused in pushing interests of selfish politicians.

“You are the engines of development. That is why we are determined to boost your (youths’) capacity by setting up technical training colleges in all constituencies in Kenya. We expect you to make use of those skills in helping the government implement its development agenda,” he said while addressing wananchi in Karachuonyo Constituency.

He said the government had set up three technical training colleges in Homa Bay, with the fourth one set to be launched next year in Mbita.

“I urge all youths to enroll in technical training to gain skills and knowledge. The government will pay Sh30,000 as bursary to every student every year. We will further offer a loan of Sh40,000 to lessen fees burden on parents,” he said.