Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta met Kisii leaders and pledged the Government’s commitment to bring investors to boost the soapstone industry in the region.
The President, who hosted the 15 leaders at State House, Nairobi, yesterday also made a commitment to elevate Kisii Hospital into a referral institution to serve the huge population in the area. Mr Kenyatta also pledged that a standard sports stadium would be built in Kisii County. He further assured the leaders that more professionals from the region would be appointed to Government positions as “a national Government cannot be national if it is not inclusive. We are inclusive and will be inclusive”.
He urged leaders at all levels to rise above partisan politics and work together to deliver on the pledges made to Kenyans. “Politics is politics and the most important thing is what happens after politics. Political competition is healthy because we all wanted to serve the people. Once people have taken a decision, we unite and work together,” he added. The President said the country’s development agenda would only be realised in an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding among leaders. “Let us develop an attitude and culture of teamwork and unity. Political differences are not enmity. We must have something tangible to show Kenyans after five years,” the President said.
Kisii Senator Chris Obure, who spoke on behalf of the delegation, said the leaders agreed to meet the President despite their political affiliation to discuss the region’s development agenda that will improve the welfare of their constituents. He identified roads for tarmacking, saying they would improve movement of farm produce and people and, therefore, boost development.