The Star (Nairobi)

4 November 2013

Kenya: Mudavadi Joins Uhuru in Mumias Anglican Thanksgiving Service

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday reaffirmed his total commitment to working with all Kenyans irrespective of their political affiliations to unite the country and uplift their living standards.

Speaking at Mumias Anglican Church in Kakamega County during the thanks giving service for the church's 20th anniversary, the President also assured that he would serve everybody irrespective of tribe to ensure development to every part of the country.

The Head of State noted that for tangible development to be realized in the country, Kenyans should forget differences that arose during the last elections and forge ahead as Kenyans.

"Competitive politics is not enmity. Elections are over and lets work together to develop the country. If we maintain our party stands, that I belong to TNA and you belong to ODM or UDF we shall not be able to raise the living standards of our people" said the President.

President Kenyatta said, "Let me assure all Kenyans that l will work with all leaders including those I competed with for this seat so that we can unite the country and accelerate development."

The President, once more, assured Kenyans that his government is a government for the over 40 million citizens that ensures development in all corners of the country.

"We need one another. Let's pull in the same direction for the benefit of all Kenyans," the President told the faithful at the Mumias ACK church.He appealed to leaders on the need of reconciliation among all Kenyans so as to realize meaningful development to every part of the country.

Local politicians led by Mumias West MP Johnson Naicca decried the waning state of the country's leading sugar producer and asked the president to root out company managers and the board of directors who are pulling down the plant.

Washiali said Mumias sugar was put up by the founding President Jomo Kenyatta alongside Panpaper mills in Webuye which has gone under.

"President Uhuru, if you don't intervene into the projects initiated by your own father and ensure they remain stable, history will judge you harshly" Washiali told Uhuru noting that Panpaper had already gone down and Mumias was facing major challenges.

He said sugar barons had colluded with some corrupt managers at Mumias to enrich themselves against the sugarcane farmers who are languishing in abject poverty.

The President advised sugarcane growers to diversfy their farming and move out of over-dependence on cane farming. He pledged to partner with Kakamega governor Wylicliffe Oparanya and roll out dairy project aimed at making Kakamega the biggest dairy producer not only in Kenya but in East Africa.

"This county is blessed with good fertile soils and receives rainfall 365 days annually and fit to for dairy farming. We want to launch a dairy farming firm in this county and put up a grand processing plant to create employment to our youth and generate money to the people of Kakamega" said Uhuru.

In attendance were former deputy prime minister Musalia Mudavadi, former constitutional affairs minister Eugene Wamalwa, former vice president Moody Awuor and Kakamega county deputy governor Henry Kutima.

Others were Mumias West MP Johnson Naicca, Mumias East Ben Washiali, Vihiga MP Yusuf Chanzu, Lugari MP Ayub Savula, John Serut of Mt Elgon, and Bumula MP Bonface Otsiula.

Nambale MP Sakwa Bunyasi, Mwingi legislator Joe Mutambu, Mwala MP Vincent Musyoka and Victor Munyaka of Machakos also acompanied the president during the tour.The church service was conducted by the ACK Arch-Bishop Eliud Wabukala.

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