Deputy President William Ruto has hailed the newly signed Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
Mr Ruto said the signing of the agreement on teachers’ salaries and allowances among other issues was commendable saying the Government was ready to implement it.
The Deputy President said the agreement has come at an opportune time.
He exuded confidence that the latest development will put to end unnecessary industrial unrests.
“The agreement will enable Kenyans respect teachers as people of high dignity and mentors of our children. They will no longer be subjected to unnecessary riots and demonstrations,” said Mr Ruto.
Addressing wananchi at Kasikeu Secondary School in Kilome Constituency, Makueni County on Wednesday, Mr Ruto commended TSC and KNUT for reaching at the agreement noting that the move respects the dignity of the teaching fraternity.
“As I commend TSC and KNUT for this development, I want to assure them that we will make sure it is implemented for the benefit of teachers and the students,” said Mr Ruto.
Present were Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki (Gender and Youth Affairs) MPs Regina Ndambuki (Kilome), Joe Mutambo (Mwingi Central), John Munuve (Mwingi North), Munyao Kisoi (Mbooni), Rachel Nyamai (Kitui West), Richard Makenga (Kaiti), Dennis Waweru (Dagoretti) and former MPs Kalembe Ndile, Prof Philip Kaloki and Makueni deputy governor Adelina Mwau.
The Deputy President said the Government will serve all Kenyans and would not discriminate any part of the country on the basis of how they voted during the last General Election on matters of development.
He said plans to construct Thwake Dam in Makueni County at a cost of Sh 52billion was still on adding that Sh 700million will be used to compensate all the families to be affected.
Mr Ruto said Kilome Constituency will benefit from Kilimanjaro Water project that is being undertaken at a cost of Sh 900million.
He said the Government was ready to work with leaders in the region irrespective of their political affiliation.
“We are ready to work with all leaders on matters of development. We were all elected or appointed to serve our people and we should do so collectively,” said Mr Ruto.
The Deputy President assured residents in the region that the Government will work with the elected leaders in addressing poor situation of roads and water shortages.
He said tendering process for the construction of Sultan Hamud- Kasikeu road was almost complete adding that a contractor will be on the site within the shortest time possible.
“We are not doing this because of politics but we want to build bridges of brotherhood and unity among all Kenyans for a prosperous country that we can be proud of,” said Mr Ruto.
He said 900 youths would be recruited in the area through the National Youth Service (NYS) to carry out construction work on roads, build dams and bridges in the area.
Ms Kariuki said a team of officers from the ministry will soon be dispatched to the area to train women on the use of the Enterprise Fund.
She said NYS will be involved in the construction of roads, dams, bridges and conservation of the environment in the area.
The MPs praised the efforts being done by the Government in addressing challenges facing the region especially improvement of infrastructure and provision of water services.
“We want to sincerely appreciate the efforts by the Jubilee administration to improve the situation of roads in this region especially the Sultan Hamud-Kilome road that has subjected us to untold suffering,” said Ms Ndambuki.
The leaders said Ukambani region has lagged behind in development despite leaders from the area having served in the previous governments for a long time.
Mr Munyao said they will not allow anybody to interfere with the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) saying the funds has greatly helped transform the lives of the people at the grassroots.
“CDF is there to stay. That’s the face of development in rural areas of the country,” said Mr Munyao.