The Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) will unite the country, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
Addressing more than 500 leaders from the North Rift counties of Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Nandi and Elgeyo Marakwet at Eldoret State Lodge on Sunday evening, President Kenyatta said that was why parties allied to the Jubilee Alliance were coming together to form one outfit that will consolidate country’s unity.
“We cannot say we are united when we belong to many parties. That is why we want to form one formidable party – the Jubilee Alliance Party – to consolidate our unity as a country,” President Kenyatta told the leaders.
He asked the opposition to respect the Government and stop peddling insults if they wanted to be respected.
The President urged residents to ignore those who preach division every election cycle, saying “They expect Jubilee to split but let us prove to them that will always remain united.”
“William Ruto and I are working together and are focused on what we are doing,” President Kenyatta said.
During the meeting that discussed the development agenda of the North Rift, the President outlined the development projects that the National Government has implemented in the region since it came to office and those that are in the pipeline.
President Kenyatta affirmed that the initial Jubilee plan to bring people together and settle Internally Displaced Persons and the landless is on course, adding that electricity, infrastructure and water projects are also ongoing in all parts of the country.
“We want to show people that our Government does not discriminate. Our aim is not to form a Government for five but 50 years,” President Kenyatta said.
He added: “In five years, the money the National Government will have spent in the four counties for development will be more than what has been spent in 20 years.”
The President made major announcements that will promote agriculture in the North Rift.
He said a Sh11 billion fertiliser factory – the first in the country – will be built in Eldoret.
To promote dairy farming in the region, President Kenyatta said the Government has allocated Sh400 million for the expansion of the Kenya Co-operative Creameries (KCC) factory in Eldoret. He said a Sh500 million debt KCC owes the Government has also been waived to enable the factory run smoothly and pay farmers promptly.
The Head of State informed the leaders that the Government has also increased allocation of funds to the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) to expand its depots and buy maize from farmers on a continuous basis.
The President said the NCPB will also meet the cost of drying maize, to relieve maize farmers of the extra expense.
On health, President Kenyatta said the National Government has set aside Sh800 million to improve county hospitals.
“We will also expand Kenyatta National Hospital just like the new one that will be built in Eldoret,” President Kenyatta said, adding that each former province will get a referral hospital.
As the Government moves to implement development across the country, the President asked every Kenyan to be vigilant and report to the authorities any suspicious people so as to boost ongoing efforts to keep the country safe.
He said the country’s security forces are doing their best and Kenyans must help them.
Deputy President William Ruto thanked the President for his personal initiatives that have seen bank interest rates drop from 23 to 9 per cent within one month.
He also commended President Kenyatta for his effort to curb terrorism in the country.
“People don’t know how hard you have worked and the interventions you have made in the fight against terrorism,” the Deputy President said.
To increase accessibility to high quality healthcare in the region, the Deputy President assured that land has been identified for the construction of a 2000-bed capacity ultra modern referral hospital in Eldoret.
“Currently Uasin Gishu has no district hospital but once the new hospital is completed, the Moi Referral and Teaching Hospital will become a county hospital,” he said.
To improving road transport within the four North Rift counties, Deputy President Ruto cited a number of roads that are currently under construction and will be complete by early next year.
On agriculture, the Deputy President said Sh4 billion has been set aside for buying maize from farmers while Sh3 billion will be use to subsidize fertilize to make it more affordable. He added that with the help from the Government of Poland, 150 milk cooling plants will be constructed in Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Elgeyo Marakwet and Nandi counties.
Governors Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia), Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo Marakwet) and Cleophas Lagat (Nandi) led other leaders in discussing the region’s development agenda.