Shun party politics and engage in development, President Uhuru Kenyatta tells leaders
Updated Sunday, September 15th 2013 at 20:01 GMT +3
|President Uhuru Kenyatta|
NAIROBI; KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged leaders in the country to rise above party politics and engage one another as elected representatives to provide solutions to the many challenges facing the nation.
President Uhuru said politics ended with the general elections and Kenyans should now embrace dialogue in the spirit of collaboration to push forward the country’s transformative agenda.
The President was speaking during a thanksgiving service organised by the Abagusii professionals from across the country and the Diaspora at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi.
He said while competitive politics was healthy for democracy to thrive in the country; leaders should elevate the platform of engagement to a non-divisive and pro-cohesion sphere.
The President said: “Let us shun politics of confrontation and avoid politicising everything. Kenyans are sometimes unable to engage one another due to the never ending political contests.”
President Uhuru reaffirmed his commitment to equally engage elected leaders and professionals without bias on their political affiliation in furtherance of the government’s transformative agenda.
The President further said the government will serve all Kenyans without prejudice. He added that no part of Kenya will be left out in the development process.
President Uhuru assured: “Every Kenyan has a right to be served by the government without discrimination. We intend to do exactly that.”
The president said the recently launched Sh6 billion Uwezo Fund will facilitate youth in the country to be busy in productive activities and therefore keep them away from idleness, drug abuse and other social vices.
Alongside the Uwezo Fund, President Uhuru pointed out that the allocation of 30 per cent of government procurement tenders to youth and women will enable them to handle over Sh400 billion of the state budget.
The Head of State also challenged Kenyans to take advantage of opportunities arising from regional integration to diversify their investments and benefit from the expanded market for goods and services.
The President asked Kenyans to maintain peace as unity was the prerequisite for any tangible development.
Information, Communication and Technology Cabinet Secretary, Dr Fred Matiang’i, told the Kisii community and Kenyans in general to focus on activities that will improve on livelihoods and contribute to the government’s development agenda.
Kisii professionals led by Constitution Implementation Commission Chairman Mr Charles Nyachae assured the President that professionals in the country will support his government to deliver on its mandate.
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|President Uhuru Kenyatta Photo: File/Standard|