President Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday evening urged Kenyans to remain united and avoid divisive politics.
The President said Kenyans will enjoy prosperity when they remain united and when they are able to live or work in any part of the country.
The Head of State, who was on his way to Arusha, Tanzania, for the East African Community Heads of State Summit, spoke at Kitengela and Isinya, where he called on Kenyans to focus on development, saying that politics alone cannot develop the nation.
“A country cannot be developed by politics alone but by hard work,” said the President who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto.
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The President said elected leaders must use funds under their control prudently for the benefit of Kenyans instead of using it for selfish interests.
He said elections come after every five years and therefore politics should not cause suffering for innocent Kenyans.
“When we plant hatred we will continue to suffer,” said the President at Isinya shopping centre.
He said he was leading by example in fostering harmony and unity by working twith former Prime Minister Raila Odinga through the building bridges initiative.
“We need to decide as Kenyans that we will live together peacefully and work together to develop our nation as well as the region. Politics alone cannot feed us, we will be fed by our handwork,” said the President
The President commended the residents of Kitengela for living in peace and unity despite the cosmopolitan nature of the area.
President Kenyatta said he was taking a message of unity and integration to the EAC Summit.
The EAC region has been implementing policies to integrate the region to ease movement of goods and people for work and investment.
He said the summit is expected to address issues related to skewed business opportunities to ensure an equal platform for all.
“My agenda in Arusha is to ensure our nations are united for the purpose of doing business together. We want to break the barriers preventing the people of the region from prospering,” said President Kenyatta.
At the same time, the President directed Cabinet Secretaries to work harder to serve Kenyans.
He said Cabinet Secretaries must engage with Kenyans at the grassroots in order to better serve the needs of citizens.
“Cabinet secretaries should go to the grassroots to identify projects that can help transform the lives of people,” said the President.
The President cautioned Cabinet Secretaries who fail to serve the public as required, saying that those who cannot meet the requirements of their jobs are free to exit and pave way for other qualified Kenyans.
“During today’s Cabinet meeting I reminded our Cabinet Secretaries that there are many young Kenyans who are willing and ready to work if they felt they are not up to task. Those who’ve chosen to keep politicking instead of serving the people should be ready to give way,” the President said.
He said his administration is keen on delivering the promises made during the last general elections.
On his part, the Deputy President supported the President’s call for Kenyans to disengage from constant politics and focus on development.
The DP urged Kenyans and all leaders to rally behind the President in tackling the problems facing the country including corruption.