6 January 2014

Kenya: State to Use Sh500 Billion to Create Jobs

The government will use Sh500 billion on projects aimed at creating jobs for the youth this year. Deputy President William Ruto has said the projects will range from improving infrastructure to irrigating one million acres of land to increase food production.

"In 2014 we have planned to use more than half a trillion shillings on projects that will transform our country into an economy that will benefit all Kenyans," said Ruto. The Deputy President was speaking yesterday during a church service at the Eldoret Catholic Church.

Bishop Cornelius Korir invited the DP and other leaders from the region to pray at the church as they prepare to discharge their mandate to the electorate this year.

Governors Jackson Mandago of Uasin Gishu county and Alex Tolgos of Elgeyo Marakwet were among leaders who attended the service. Senator Kipchumba Murkomen of Elgeyo Marakwet and Uasin Gishu county assembly Speaker Isaac Terer were also present.

"We will have projects in all areas to benefit all Kenyans," said Ruto. He said the Uwezo Fund will also be expanded and operationalised in all regions to benefit the youth.

Ruto said county governments should roll out development projects in their regions following the release of funds by the national government.

He said government employees in ministries like agriculture, water and health should now work actively for the counties because the functions have been completely devolved.

Ruto said the counties should find ways of working well with the employees who were working in the national government.

"This is the year we want to complete implementation of the constitution especially on devolution so that as a national government, we can work with the counties to grow our country and create jobs for our youth," he said.

Ruto said the government is committed to delivering on its promises and that Kenyans should be ready to work hard "We are praying that God helps us to deliver on our plans and serve Kenyans as we have planned," said Ruto.

Korir asked leaders to dedicate themselves to serving Kenyans while relying on God to give them strength."You must put God first in your work. Respect God and you will succeed," said Korir.

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