Munira Mandano and DPPS @PeopleDailyKe
Deputy President William Ruto has urged Coast leaders to unite and focus energies on development, saying he is ready to work with all irrespective of political affiliations.
He said teamwork was key to the successful implementation of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda—manufacturing, healthcare, food security and housing.
“It is time for us to focus on service delivery to Kenyans especially on the Big Four development agenda that we have for our people,” he said.
The DP, who was speaking in Lunga Lunga, Kwale county, during the launch of construction work on the Kanana-Shimoni-Vanga road yesterday, said leaders should be preoccupied with development projects that have direct impact on the lives of the people because time for politicking was over.
He, at the same time, urged leaders to mobilise students in their respective areas to enrol in Technical Training Institutes (TTIs) as part of efforts to transform and expand the sector.
Ruto said the government’s commitment to invest in technical education would only benefit Kenyans if they registered children in such institutions, adding that they have reformed the sector, including reduction of fees to make it affordable to more Kenyans. He said students joining TTIs will benefit from a government grant of Sh30,000 each.
The DP was accompanied by Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya, MPs Suleiman Dori (Msamweni), Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga), Benjamin Tayari (Kinango), Patrick Mariro (Laikipia West), Kazim Tandaza (Matuga), Juma Boy (Kwale) and Ali Mbogo (Kisauni).
Dori said the region has benefitted greatly from the Jubilee administration despite the residents supporting the Opposition in previous elections. “Imagine 16 roads are under construction in my constituency yet I am an Opposition MP,” he said.
Tandaza termed leaders who were opposed to their working with the Jubilee administration as enemies of development. “We have had bad politics in this region for a long time. But we have now decided that we will rally behind the government and support Ruto’s bid for presidency in 2022.”
Tayari said his constituency has benefitted from 43km of tarmacked roads under the Jubilee administration.
Mvurya told leaders drawn from the Opposition who have resolved to work with the National government not to be scared of criticism from colleagues, saying what they were doing was for the benefit of their voters.