Deputy President William Ruto has asked leaders to work towards addressing the challenges facing Kenyans.
He said the conversation around the constitutional review should not overshadow the existing problems in the country.
Dr Ruto said since the majority of the country’s population falls under the hustling nation, it would only be fair to confront the misfortunes bedeviling them.
“Let us now agree that the priority of Government would be aligned to the needs of those without jobs, food, decent homes and struggling businesses.”
He said these are the groups of people who should be given priority, adding that “the subject of sharing power and government position would come later.”
He spoke during a prayer service at the Africa Inland Church Ziwani where Reverend Joshua Kimuyu was installed as the new presiding Bishop for A.I.C Nairobi Area and later addressed Gikomba residents in Gikomba, Nairobi County.
Present were Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, MPs Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu), Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Goerge Theuri (Embakasi West), James Gakuya (Embakasi North), John Kiarie (Dagoretti South) and Silvanus Osoro (South Mugirango).
Others were Caleb Kositany (Soy), Purity Ngirici (Woman Rep, Kirinyaga), Nixon Korir (Lang’ata), Nimrod Mbai (Kitui East), Victor Munyaka (Machakos), Geoffrey King’ang’i (Mbeere South), George Kariuki (Ndia) and Millicent Omanga (Nominated).
The Deputy President welcomed opposition leader Raila Odinga’s decision to recognise Kenya as a hustling nation.
“Now that the country is in agreement that Kenya is a hustling nation, leaders should respect the hustle of every single Kenyan”.
Dr Ruto asked those in positions of power not to look down on hustlers.
“I welcome all those who have finally agreed that we all belong to the huslter nation. Let us now move to the next level and avoid blackmail , threats and intimidation and have respect for everyone”.
Prof Kibwana called on politicians to work together, irrespective of their political affiliation, to ensure the country remains United and peaceful ahead of the coming elections.
“I would work with every politician who wants peace in Kenya,” he added.