Kenyatta Warns On Roguish Power Contracts


about it geneva; font-size: small;”>While attending a thanksgiving prayer rally at Eldoret Sports Club grounds in Eldoret town on Monday, page President Kenyatta told them (power brokers) that “the days of wheel dealings are over” and their corrupt deals will not be tolerated.

“There are people who think they have money and can pocket politicians so that they get Government contracts. I want to tell these brokers that things have changed,” the President said.

He advised inexperienced politicians to guard against being used by business people for selfish gains.

“I ask those who joined politics recently to go slow, there is a lot they need to learn,” President Kenyatta said.

The President specifically said those who think they can use politicians to disrupt construction of the modern Standard Gauge railway because they did not win the contract should forget it.

“You cannot stop us from developing this country because you want to enrich yourself. We have waited for 100 years to have a modern railway and now that we have the chance to construct one, we will not allow any body to stop us,” the President said.

The President told off those advocating for the sacking of some Government officials affirming that “when Kenyans voted for him and the Deputy President, they knew they were cable of running Government affairs –including who to hire and fire”.

Noting that implementation of development projects by the last Government was slowed down by political bickering, President Kenyatta urged Jubilee Coalition members to guard against falling into the same trap.

“The problems the citizens are facing will not be solved by noise and political bickering but by elected leaders working together to address the country’s development needs,” President Kenyatta said.

The President thanked Uasin Gishu residents and Kenyans in general for voting for him, the Deputy President and the Jubilee Coalition.

He assured wananchi that the Government has taken note and will deliver on all the development requests of the people of North Rift including provision of affordable seeds and fertilisers.

“Because you supported us, we want to assure you that we are ready to work with you in ensuring that the lives of Kenyans are improved,” Kenyatta pursued.

Deputy President, William Ruto, said that the Government will remain focused on implementing its development agenda and shall not be distracted by those he referred to as “political opportunists”.

Mr. Ruto stated that disgruntled businessmen were trying to cause disquiet in the Government but cautioned that their intentions will not be given room as the Government will not tolerate corruption nor give room for short cuts in the tendering process.

He asked politicians elected on Jubilee ticket to tone down political rhetoric and serve the electorate.

“I remind all the leaders elected on the Jubilee ticket that we all have our work cut out –let us all do our part as the citizens will take us to account,” he said.

National Assembly Majority leader, Aden Duale, pointed out that the only agenda the Jubilee Government has is to better the lives of Kenyans and has no time for inciters.

“The Jubilee leadership has in the past eight months delivered on most of the promises made to Kenyans on the campaign trail,” Duale stated.

He warned those bent on criticising the Government saying “it is too early to criticise the Government which has already delivered on the promises it made in a record eight months’’.

Senate Majority leader, Prof Kithure Kindinki, called on leaders to be patient and exercise humility to move the country forward.

“As leaders, we must train ourselves to be humble, this country will not move forward through incitement. We can only solve our problems by sitting down,” said Prof Kindiki.

Nairobi senators cautioned Jubilee MPs against in-fighting, saying that such miscalculated moves only served to benefit their opponents.

“Let us not benefit our enemies by playing into their gallery through engaging in unnecessary divisive politics,” he said.

All Governors from the North Rift region and other political leaders, including senators, Members of Parliament and Members of County Assembly
attended the thanksgiving rally.


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