12 July 2014

Kenya: I Will Not Discriminate Western Kenya - Uhuru

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have assured leaders in the Western part of the country that their government is committed to serve the whole country, regardless of the residents' party affiliation.

Western Kenya is perceived as a United Democratic Forum (UDF) and Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) strongholds due to the minimal votes Uhuru and his deputy got from the region.

The President who met the leaders at the Kakamega State Lodge on Saturday morning assured them that his government will not discriminate any part of the country on development matters.

"What is important is not how much noise politicians make but what they do to improve the welfare of the citizens. As leaders, therefore, we must respect the will of the people, put aside political differences and work together in serving the electorate," President Kenyatta said.

He also the leaders that his government is committed to fulfill the national programme of constructing 2000 kilometers of roads across the country, including Western Kenya to spur development.

The Head of State, who had joined Muslims in breaking the fast in Kakamega on Friday night, said the construction of roads that had stalled in the two counties will be revived.

He also committed to address the challenges facing sugarcane and maize farmers in the counties.

The President also urged Members of County Assembly (MCAs) from the two counties to play their role effectively in taking services to the grassroots level, as opposed to concentrating in politics.

He stressed the need for the national and county governments to harmonise development plans to ensure effective implementation of projects.

On his part, Deputy President Ruto appealed to the leaders not to dwell on divisive politics but instead focus on serving citizens.

"Our responsibility as leaders is not to continue politicking long after the elections but to settle down in serving the electorate," the Deputy President said.

Speaking on Friday in Nandi, the Head of State warned CORD leader Raila Odinga to desist from engaging in threats "because my government cannot be shaken."

He told the former Prime Minister to engage him on any talks concerning the country's development.

President Kenyatta was responding to ultimatums given to him by members of the CORD fraternity during the July 7 Saba Saba rally in Uhuru Park where they demanded a national referendum to address challenges facing the country.


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