Deputy President William Ruto has asked leaders to shun petty politics and focus on development
Dr Ruto said elections were over, saying it was time for leaders to work together, regardless of party and ethnic backgrounds to change the country for the better.
Speaking at the Kitale Showground in Trans Nzoia County, during celebrations to mark Bishop Samuel Thiongo’s 50 years of service at the Pentecostal Evangelistic Fellowship of Africa (PEFA), Kitale,on Friday, Dr Ruto called for teamwork among all leaders in addressing challenges facing the country.
“Elections are over and this is now the time to work together, regardless of party affiliations to change Kenya for the benefit of our people,” said Dr Ruto.
He asked leaders to dedicate their time on activities that can transform the lives of Kenyans, noting that politics will have its chance another time and people will do politics then.
“Let’s not talk politics from January to January. Even the Bible tells us that there is time for everything,” said Dr Ruto.
The Deputy President said the Government was committed to transforming the lives of Kenyans through implementation of projects under the Big Four agenda- manufacturing, affordable housing, food security and healthcare.
“In our Big Four agenda, once implemented, manufacturing will solve the problem of unemployment, food security to address food shortages, accessible healthcare will reduce cost of medicine while housing is aimed at ensuring affordable houses for Kenyans,” said Dr Ruto.
Present were MPs Caleb Amisi (Saboti), Oscar Sudi (Kapseret) and Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati).
He asked legislators to help the Government through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to improve schools infrastructure to cope up with the number of children in pursue of secondary education in respect to the 100 percent primary to secondary transition policy.
“MPs should use CDF to improve schools infrastructure to ensure success of the 100 percent transition from primary to secondary. This will ensure equality in our society,” said Dr Ruto.
Dr Ruto said Sh 1.5 billion would be used in the construction of Kolongolo water project to supply the commodity to the locals as well as those in Kitale town.
Mr Ngunjiri said MPs will continue to support the Government in addressing challenges facing the country.
“We will continue to work together on matters of development for the benefit of our people,” said Mr Ngunjiri.
Mr Amisi supported calls for a referendum to amend the Constitution and introduce parliamentary system of governance with a president who would serve for a non-renewable seven years ahead of 2022 elections.
“Parliamentary system of governance is ideal for this country. We should have a presidential term of seven years, non-renewable,” said Mr Amisi.
PEFA presiding Bishop Joseph Kilioba thanked the Deputy President for his commitment to ensuring all Kenya’s ethnic communities in Kenya can read Bibles in their own languages.
Earlier, the Deputy President attended a funeral service for the late Kipkorir Yator, who served as presidential escort officer during the reign of former presidents Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Moi at Chuiyat, in Kesses, Uasin Gishu County.
Governor Jackson Mandago, MPs Janet Sitienei (Turbo) and Caleb Kositany (Soy) were also present.
Dr Ruto also opened administrative units for Ziwa Technical Training Institute (TTI) and Ziwa secondary school in Soy, Uasin-Gishu County.