Uhuru winds up Ukambani tour with message of unity
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto ended their three-day tour of Ukambani on Sunday with an interdenominational prayer service held at the Kitui High School.
The service was attended by several leaders including all the three Ukambani governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Julius Malombe (Kitui) and Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni).
Nairobi Senator Gideon Mbuvi Sonko, Mwingi North MP John Munuve, Kitui South MP Rachael Nyamai, Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu were among the other leaders present.
President Kenyatta and DP Ruto, appeared calm in their addresses, using the platform to call for unity between the government and the opposition in order to ensure peace and unity in the country.
The two leaders urged the opposition coalition CORD to drop their demands and engage Jubilee team in negotiations in order to end the IEBC stalemate.
President Kenyatta stated that the ongoing protests were detrimental to the growth of the country’s economy saying the Constitution should be adhered to in the resolution of the stalemate.
“I made an effort to end the IEBC impasse by talking to religious leaders and even incorporating their proposals in the roadmap to end the standoff,” he said.
“I have nothing to do with IEBC and have no power to change anything. We need to make sure we abide by the Constitution even as we seek to resolve the IEBC issues.”
Uhuru called on CORD to desist from engaging in actions that may threaten the stability of the country, saying doing so would scare away investors.
He said the development processes that he has initiated should be supported by CORD so that they can continue with them if they win the next election.
“Today we met with World Bank and they promised to pump USD1.1 billion to counties in the norther region to help solve the issue of water, lack of power and improve agriculture. This money whose disbursement runs up to the post-election period will benefit whoever takes over government.
DP Ruto reiterated calls for dialogue to end the IEBC stalemate saying weekly protests by the opposition would not solve the issue.
“CORD wanted dialogue and we gave it to them. We call on them to drop their demands and join the team formed by Jubilee so that we can end this standoff and move forward.
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