Deputy President William Ruto has asked leaders to channel their efforts in ensuring the successful implementation of Government’s agenda.
Dr Ruto said when Jubilee took over the leadership of the country in 2013; its focus has been on unity of all Kenyans and initiation of development projects across the country.
Speaking at St Paul’s Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK), Ndaragwa in Nyandarua County on Sunday, Dr Ruto told leaders to work closely with the county and national governments in ensuring successful implementation of projects that have direct impact on the lives of Kenyans.
Present were Governors Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua), Nderitu Mureithi (Laikipia), MPs Jeremiah Kioni (Ndaragwa), Faith Gitau (Women Rep, Nyandarua), Jane Kihara (Naivasha), Rehab Mukami (Women Rep Nyeri), Mary Maua (Maragwa), Mugamabi Rindikiri (Buuri) and Githua Wamucukuru (Kabete).
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Others were Purity Ngirici (Women Rep Kirinyaga), James Mwangi (Tetu), Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Moses Kirima (Imenti Central) and David Kiharao (Ol Kalao).
“Jubilee focus remains unity and development. I ask leaders to help in the implementation of our agenda for this country,” said Dr Ruto.
The Deputy President said the Executive Order no. 1, of 2019 was meant to ensure proper flow of information on the implementation of Government projects from the grassroots to the national level.
He said development committees would be formed from the grassroots to review the ongoing projects and those, which have stalled, and the reasons why, for the necessary action to be taken.
“We want to have proper flow of information as far as the implementation of development projects from the grassroots to the national level is concerned. This is why I ask all leaders at the county level to work with such committees in ensuring implementation of such projects,” said Dr Ruto.
He said the Government was on the right track as far as implementation of its development agenda citing the ongoing improvement of roads, health, education, connection of electricity to Kenyans among other development projects.
Dr Ruto said the Government has increased the number of households connected to electricity in Nyandarua County from 21,000 in 2013 to 52,000 at the moment.
The leaders said they will resist any attempts to call for a referendum to amend the Constitution to create more positions, saying such a move would further burden Kenyans.
“We will only accept referendum to amend the Constitution if it aims at increasing resources to the counties. But the one that is aimed at creating positions for some few people, we will not support,” said Governor Kimemia.
Mr Kioni said those who were calling for a referendum to amend the Constitution were wasting time, saying the exercise is costly and not easy.
“Change of the Constitution is expensive and involves many processes including being passed by Parliament. I was among those who participated in the making of the current laws and I want to say it’s not easy. Even changing, a word alone is hectic,” said Mr Kioni.
Ms Gitau said they were in full support of the Jubilee development agenda for the country, saying issues of politics in the party were clear since 2013.
“As a party we know where we came from, where we are and where we are going as far as leadership is concerned. We are now engaging on matters of development and when time for politics come, we will know way forward,” said Mr Rindikiri.
Mr Nyoro said residents of Central Kenya would like to see President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Deputy President work together, just like the way they did between 2013 and 2017.
“My people in Kiharu told me yesterday that they were happy to see the President and the Deputy President work together during the tour of Kajiado County on Thursday and Saturday,” said Mr Nyoro.