Photo: President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto. Photo/File
Uhuru calls for peaceful campaigns in Kenya
President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged politicians to embrace sobriety and conduct their campaigns peacefully, saying that was key to building a strong and stable nation.
The President warned against political squabbles and incitement, terming the two vices “misguided routes to leadership that apart from planting the seed of hatred and enmity, did not serve the interests of the electorate”.
“When leaders fight, the citizens are the ones who lose. I, therefore, urge politicians to shun political bickering which creates unfavourable environment for development,” said the President. Uhuru spoke Friday when he laid a foundation stone for Dikkir Level Four Hospital in Narok county.
Expressing his vision for a healthier nation, the President pointed out that once the construction of the hospital is complete, the National government would install specialised medical equipment through the Managed Equipment Services (MES) programme to provide the residents with access to specialised medical services in Emurua Dikkir constituency.
“This hospital will cost more than Sh200 million to bring it to a Level 4 hospital. Once complete, we will install modern equipment which includes x-ray machines, theatre equipment, radiology, surgical and sterilisation kits as well as a modern laboratory,” said the President.
In Kilgoris, President Uhuru, who was accompanied by his Deputy William Ruto cautioned Kenyans against falling for the Opposition propaganda that the government has not fulfilled the pledges it gave to the people.
The President said it is only Jubilee Party that has committed leaders who are experienced and ready to serve the nation with dedication. Uhuru said Opposition leaders were engaging in tribal and abusive politics and had no agenda for the country saying they were only interested in sharing seats for their personal gains.
“It’s unfortunate that those in Opposition are spreading lies, yet they have nothing to show for the many decades they have been in government,” he added. Ruto advised members of the Maasai community to choose leaders who will be accountable to them and who have the interest of the nation at heart.
The Head of State emphasised that his administration’s main aim is to ensure equitable development across the country and also uplift areas that were previously marginalised.
“We will not achieve our development agenda as a nation if we continue with divisive politics. That’s why I keep on insisting that as leaders and as Kenyans we need to work together as a team,” said the President.
The President pointed out at that for the last four years, Jubilee has been able to achieve much in terms of development because of unity in the Government. He applauded his excellent working relations with the Deputy President, saying it has ensured that Kenyans get the services that they required.
Deputy President Ruto called on the residents of Emurua Dikkir to elect development-conscious leaders who would be able to work with the national government to on development to uplift their lives.
“We will walk together to fulfil whatever we pledged to do here as Government as you are the ones who gave us the mandate to serve you and all Kenyans,” he said. Other speakers included the Narok Governor Samuel Tunai, area MP Jonathan Ng’eno and National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale.