Kenyatta Opens New Kenya-Uganda Border Post

President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and other security agencies of support as they go about defending and protecting the country from criminals, more about Chimp Corps report.

He said it was unfortunate that there were some Kenyan leaders who, instead of encouraging the KDF to remain firm in their commitment to protecting the country, had join the bandwagon of those criticising the country’s security agents.

The President termed the allegations that the Kenyan troops in Somalia were collaborating with Al-Shabaab in the illegal charcoal and sugar trade, that recently appeared in some sections of the press, as “most ridiculous and misplaced”.

United Nations monitors said in a report released Wednesday that Al-Shabaab has shipped large quantities of charcoal worth $250m from a port in Somalia controlled by the Kenya Defence Forces.

“Al-Shabaab continues to benefit from the revenue generated, on a scale greater than when it controlled Kismayu, at charcoal production sites, from checkpoints along trucking routes and from exports, in particular at Kismayu and Barawe, all of which to date have been uninterrupted by the military offensive against the group,” reads part of the report.

However, Kenyatta said, “Instead of commending our security forces who are making major sacrifices to defend and guard the country against terrorists, some Kenyan leaders are discouraging them by supporting the misplaced allegations.”

The President – who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto –spoke Saurday in Bungoma where he opened the Lwakhakha Border Post and launched the Lwakhakha-Sirisia-Chwele road as he started his three-day visit of the Western and North Rift regions.

“We will stand firm with our security agents because we know the important role they play in keeping our country safe. You saw what happened in Paris where more than 150 people were killed by terrorists. Would you like us to allow these people to move freely in our country and harm us? Of course not,” the President said.

He added: “That is why we insist that our military and other Kenyan security agents must be give room to carry out their work without political interference.”

The Head of State said Kenyans are fully behind the KDF and they will not allow criminals kill innocent people.

He urged citizens to report to the authorities any suspicious persons before they carry out their evil intentions.

President Kenyatta also took issues with people who are criticizing the Government for borrowing money to implement key development projects.

He said the Government’s development projects will not be derailed by people who will do everything they can – including denying Kenyans essential services – to gain political mileage.

President Kenyatta was also accompanied on the tour by Bungoma leaders, led by Governor Kenneth Lusaka, who assured him of their support.
Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged politicians to shun divisive politics and join hands in serving Kenyans irrespective of party affiliation.

The President said Jubilee was a Government for all Kenyans and that was why he and Deputy President William Ruto were initiating development projects across the country without discrimination.

“Democracy demands that we have elections after every five years but once the elections are over and Kenyans have made their choice, buy leaders have to shelve their differences and work together to develop the country, clinic ” President Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta spoke Saturday in Bungoma where he opened the Lwakhakha border post to boost security, trade and co-operation between Kenya and Uganda for the benefit of the people of the two countries living along the border.

The President also launched the upgrading of Lwakhakha – Sirisia – Chwele road and appealed to Bungoma residents to take advantage of the infrastructure to improve their economy.

He said the road will increase the volume of business in the area once more travellers to Uganda and South Sudan start using it upon its completion.

The President disclosed that he had discussed with Uganda President Yoweri Museveni who assured that the road from Mbale, on the Uganda side, to the Lwakhakha border post tarmacked to ease cross-border transport.

President Kenyatta – who was accompanied by the Deputy President, Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka and other leaders from the Western region – appealed to politicians to focus on development and serving Kenyans instead of dwelling on divisive politics.

“Elections will come and go but Kenya will remain. That is why once we are done with elections, as leaders, we need to get down to development and serving the electorate even if they did not vote for us,” President Kenyatta said.

Addressing residents when he made stopovers at Sirisia, Chwele and Mayanja markets, the Head of State emphasised that the Government will not waver in its focus to develop all parts of the country equally.

He cited the implementation of infrastructure, health, water and agriculture projects across the country as testimony of the Government’s commitment to improving the lives of Kenyans.


On electricity, President Kenyatta noted that when the Jubilee Government came to office, only 2 million households were connected to electricity but now the figure has risen to 4 million.

He said the Government’s primary school electricity project was on course and by early next year all primary schools in the country will be connected to electricity.

The Head of State pointed out that the Kenya Government, in collaboration with the Italian Government, was also implementing Chesikai water project that will benefit Bungoma residents.

He said the Government has also secured Sh600 million for water projects in Bungoma county from the Korean Government.

“This shows our commitment to serve all Kenyans equally. We believe that if we develop Bungoma, we are developing whole of Kenya,” President Kenyatta said.

He said the Government also increased allocation to the education sector and catered for exam fees for all students in public primary and secondary school to ease the fees burden and ensure that no one is denied the right to take the important exams.

Deputy President Ruto reminded that the country will not achieve its development targets and Kenyans will not receive the services they voted for unless leaders devote their time to development instead of endless politics.

“Elections are over and the Jubilee Government is working for all Kenyans. Let us join hands and develop our country,” the Deputy President said.

He disclosed that the Government has allocated Sh100 million for the construction of Sirisia Technical Institute, adding that the Government was keen on putting up technical institutes in every constituency to provide skills that will enable the youth to engage in gainful activities.

The Deputy President said the Government had also connected electricity to 650 out of the 705 primary schools in Bungoma County, adding that the remaining 55 will get electricity before the end of January next year.

Governor Lusaka and Sirisia Member of Parliament John Waluke assured President Kenyatta and Deputy President Ruto of the Western residents’ support, noting that the region has experienced more development now than during any other regime.

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