Photos:’We are for peace’ – Coast MPs assure Uhuru
Coast Parliamentary Group has assured President Uhuru Kenyatta of full support in restoring peace and security in Mpeketoni and the region at large.
Speaking after a two-hour meeting with the President at State House, Nairobi today, the legislators strongly condemned the Mpeketoni attacks and pledged to work with the Government in uniting the residents.
The Group’s Chairman, Gideon Mung’aro, said the Members of Parliament have agreed to move from constituency to constituency preaching peace and unity.
The MPs invited the President to accompany them in their trips to spread the message of peace to the residents in the Coast region.
“We will work with you and your Government in uniting the people. We will tour the whole region to tell residents not to allow themselves to be incited into violence,” Mung’aro said.
They expressed concern that insecurity was hurting the tourism industry –which is the backbone of the region – and vowed to do all it takes to ensure the problem is addressed urgently. The legislators emphasized that they will not sit back and watch the region being impoverished by divisive politics and security threats.
The legislators, at the same time, appealed to the Government to move with speed and resolve the land problem at the Coast. They lamented that most of the challenges affecting the region were emanating from land issues.
President Kenyatta said the Jubilee Government will remain focused on ensuring Kenyans are united and live peacefully. He welcomed the legislators’ promise to work with the Government in development, saying that is one way of creating jobs for the youth and ensuring residents receive efficient services.
“As leaders, our main duty is to unity all Kenyans and serve them without discrimination. In doing so, we will discourage negative elements from disrupting peace,” the President said.
On land, the President said the Government has started addressing the land problem in the Coast region and will not stop until it is completely solved.