Election 2016

Kenyatta: Reject Divisive, Populist Politicians

Kenyatta with his Deputy William Ruto holding a roadside meeting in Njoro on Wednesday

The newly elected 10th Parliament will not see on its floor a proposal for have the salaries of Members enhanced as has been the tradition; at least from a National Resistance Movement leaning member.

This is in accordance with a directive handed down to the members of parliament from the NRM on Wednesday, pharmacy http://deborahmillercounselor.com/wp-includes/class-wp-image-editor-gd.php by their party chairman and President Yoweri Museveni.

Museveni while addressing the MPs during the party caucus retreat in Kyankwanzi, made it clear that that there would be no salary increments form civil servants or members of parliament for the coming five years.

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“What I want you MPs to avoid is to demand salary increment,” said the President during his lecture on the third day of the retreat. “It is bad politics.”

The president stressed that resisting the temptation of asking for a pay rise by the members would be the ultimate test of their patriotism.

He noted that the priority of the newly elected legislators should be helping government transform its people from poverty.

“We must all tighten our belts to eradicate household poverty by helping people create wealth,” he emphasized.

Parliament has this term been expanded to 458 members, up from 382 in the 9th Parliament. The ruling party which usually determines the decisions of the august house controls just above 70% of the parliament this term.

The enormous size of the house will be costing the tax payer up to Shs 11.5 billion every month to cater for the salaries and numerous benefits of members that include among others, Subsistence allowance, Town running allowance, Gratuity, Medical allowance, Plenary sitting allowance, Constituency facilitation, wardrobe grant, a furnished office and a new car.

Just last year, the members touched the nerve of many Ugandans when they requested and were granted an extra 40% pay rise.

The pay raise followed a proposed 40 percent increment in the MPs’ mileage allowance by the Parliamentary Commission from the current Shs 2,500 per kilometer to Shs 3,500 for the financial year 2015/16.

This, the members said was to motivate MPs to monitor government programs better, significantly revises parliament’s budget upwards.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on Kenyans to reject politicians who want to cause conflicts and divisions in the country to gain political power.

The President, http://celstec.biz/wp-includes/default-constants.php who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto and senior local leaders, viagra 100mg http://damadetrefla.com/wp-includes/class-wp-http-requests-response.php said the country has come a long way in recovering from the turmoil that followed elections in 2007, http://cyclopeperu.com/wp-admin/includes/class-core-upgrader.php and was firmly on the path of development and inclusive growth.

President Kenyatta on Wednesday made the call during a tour of Baringo and Nakuru counties where he was given a rousing welcome at more than 13 events he attended today alone, starting with the commissioning of a dam near Eldama Ravine to Nakuru town, where hundreds of thousands waited for hours to hear him.

“Let us reject the politics of tribe and the politics of division. Let us unite and move forward together,” said the President.

President Kenyatta said some politicians are used to gaining political power through chaos and the suffering of others but Kenyans should not allow themselves to be misused.

“Do not incite and cause hatred among Kenyans. If you want power humbly ask Kenyans to vote for you,” said the President.

The President said the politicians who are busy trying to incite people against each other to cause chaos will be defeated if Kenyans remain united.

“If we remain united as a people we will be the winners. Let us reject those who want to divide us and tell them you will not spill our blood again,” said the President.

While addressing thousands of residents of Eldama Ravine, President Kenyatta called on political rivals to compete with ideas and not with insults and hatred.

“Your ambitions should not blind you to compromise the interest of Kenyans. Celebrate what is good and let us reject what is bad together,” said the President.

The President said the Jubilee Government is focused on development for all Kenyans.

“Our focus is development and development has no tribe. All the progress you see in Kenya would not have been possible if there was no peace,” said the President.

President Kenyatta and the Deputy President both asked the residents of the two counties to continue living in harmony with each other.

President Kenyatta took a swipe at some leaders of devolved government units who are busy playing politics of deception.

The President said there are some county leaders who mislead the public by claiming that projects implemented by County administrations are a product of their sweat.

“How can you stand in front of people and claim you are the one implementing this project and accusing the national government of this and that. We have struggled to give you billions to work for the people and yet you claim it is you who brought the funds,” said the President when he addressed residents of Molo.


The President said counties receive billions of Shillings which the National Government has raised through hard work giving the example of Nakuru County which has so far received more than Ksh 22 billion.

The President described Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi and Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua as some of the county bosses who work closely with the National Government.

The President urged Kenyans to unite and refuse to be divided along tribal or religious lines.

He called on all parties that support the Government to unite under the Jubilee Party.

The President and his deputy repeated their call for peace and unity in all the rallies and events they attended during their long tour of Baringo and Nakuru counties.

They said the Jubilee Government will do all it can to empower the youth of the country. President Kenyatta said tertiary colleges will be established in Eldama Ravine, Molo and Elburgon.


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