By Fidel Mbaraka, Kakamega President William Ruto has said that he is ready to work with all elected leaders in the region regardless of their political affiliation.
Ruto said that what’s important now is for all leaders to fulfil the campaign promises they made to the voters during the electioneering period.
“Let’s put our political differences aside and work for Kenyans who gave us the mandate to be there leaders. Let’s give them the development they have been longing for,” said Ruto
The President was speaking at Kakamega State Lodge while meeting all elected leaders from Mulembe Nation.
He was accompanied by Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, Central Organization of Trade Unions (Cotu) Secretary General Francis Atwoli and governors, Fernandes Barasa (Kakamega) and Wilbur Ottichilo (Vihiga) among others. Cabinet Secretaries, Susan Nakhumicha (Health) and Ababu Namwamba (Sports) were also present.
“I was here in 2017 while campaigning for the Jubilee administration. By that time, we were working with most of the leaders from Western region but ahead of 2022 polls, they deserted me and switched allegiance to Azimio la Umoja,” said Ruto
He added : “Its now time to leave all that behind and work together in order to being development to the region and country at large. I agree with leaders who have said that its time to work,”
During the meeting, Ruto was briefed of the problems bedeviling the sugar sector and what can be done to revamp the collapsed Mumias Sugar Company, development of infrastructure in the region, completion of the stalled Kakamega Level (IV) hospital among other development projects.
“We have set up a meeting with Kakamega County leadership to ensure we fully revive Mumias Sugar Company and help the locals earn a living from it who donated over 15,000 acres of there land to the factory,” said Ruto
He added : “We will get investors who will be giving the county over a billion shillings every month to help the county government finance its development projects. The government will pay all the debts all the debts owed by Mumias Sugar to ensure it remains afloat,”
Mr Mudavadi, the Prime Cabinet Secretary urged Luhya leaders to our their political differences and work together with Ruto’s administration in order for the region to get meaningful development projects.
“As Luhya leaders, we have the responsibility of bringing our people together and work with the current administration and ensure our people benefit from it,”
Over 85 per cent of Western MPs attended the State Lodge meetingEnd