Deputy President William Ruto has asked leaders to align their programmes to the Big Four agenda, saying it was the only way to transform Kenya.
Mr Ruto said the successful implementation of the Big Four agenda—manufacturing, access to healthcare, food security and affordable housing—largely depends on the leaders’ unity and teamwork.
Speaking at Gaichanjiru High School during a tour of Murang’a County on Friday, the Deputy President said the implementation of the Big Four Agenda would create more job opportunities especially in rural areas.
“All leaders at both levels of government should unite and align all our programmes to the Big Four Agenda. The successful implementation of housing, universal healthcare and manufacturing can create millions of jobs to our youths in rural areas,” said Mr Ruto.
The Deputy President told leaders that it was time they put aside issues pertaining to the last election and focus their energies on the implementation of the Government’s development projects aimed at uplifting the lives of its citizens.
“As leaders, we don’t have time now to politic but we only have one agenda which is the transformation of Kenya,” said Mr Ruto.
“We cannot afford, we should never imagine that we will let down His Excellency the President. We must be one accord and know that when the Big Four Agenda succeeds, Kenya will succeed,” he added.
Senate deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki, Governor Mwangi Iria (Muranga), Sabina Chege (Women Rep, Muranga), Esther Wahome (Kandara), Nyoro Ndindi (Kiharau), Esther Emanikor (Women Rep, Turkana) and Ruth Mwaniki (Kigumo).
At the same time, Mr Ruto said there is need to expand the existing schools instead of building new ones without proper infrastructure as part of the efforts to boost education standards in the country.
“There is need for us as a country to expand the existing schools infrastructure instead of starting new ones without adequate infrastructure,” said Mr Ruto.
He said the Government was now putting more emphasis on the develo0pmemt of vocational education by establishing technical training institutes in all constituencies in the country.
“It is only a knowledgeable society that can contribute to the country’s development. We must have men and women who are equipped with skills and competencies to ensure the success of the Government’s development agenda,” said Mr Ruto.
The leaders said they would work together in ensuring successful implementation of the Big Four Agenda.
Mr Iria said they would not allow anyone to distract the Jubilee’s agenda for the country, which started in 2013.
“As Jubilee, we have come a long way starting with issues of ICC, creating one party (Jubilee Party), ensuring election of President Kenyatta in 2013 and his re-election in 2017,” said Mr Iria.
He went on: “We should not lose sight of that because Kenyans are watching. Kenyans know the contribution made by the President and the Deputy President since the beginning of the Jubilee journey to where it is now.”
He said leaders at the grassroots would work as a team to ensure the successful implementation of the Big Four Agenda so that the legacy of the President together with the Deputy President can go in history as having improved the lives of Kenyans.
MP Nyoro dismissed a motion to bar Mr Ruto from the next polls that had been introduced by Kisumu Central MP Fred Ouda.
Mr Ouda had presented a plot to amend the constitution to bar the Deputy President from vying for presidency in 2022.
The motion has since been shot down in Parliament.
“They can try everything as they did with the ICC but they will fail. They will not stop an idea whose time has come and that is Mr Ruto becoming the president in 2022,” said Mr Nyoro.
Mr Kindiki asked leaders to work together in ensuring the successful implementation of the Big Four Agenda.
The Deputy President also addressed wananchi in Golden Palm Hotel and Thaara Primary school grounds in Maragua.
Meanwhile, Mr Ruto has urged leaders to focus on the politics of development, adding that no politics can succeed if it is not embedded with the empowerment of the people.
He said that for a long time, the country’s politics had been anchored on tribalism, lies and division, which derailed Kenya’s development goals.
However, he noted, we are glad that Jubilee Party ended this archaic genre of politics in 2013.
“Now, our politics is development-oriented. Look at the Standard Gauge Railway line. This is a project that was talked about since independence. Now, we have built it. It is being extended to Naivasha and further, to Kampala. Look at our road networks and the extensive power connections in the country…these are what we refer to as politics that is informed by transformation,” said Mr Ruto.
Speaking during the launch of Metumi Councillors Sacco in Kandara Constituency, the Deputy President said the new entity should not be a platform of petty politics.
“We want to see your Sacco changing lives of its members. Our hope is to see it help the government push forward the realisation of the Big Four agenda,” he said.