Deputy President William Ruto has called for an end to tribal politics.
Mr Ruto, who was speaking at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos during the installation of the new bishop of Machakos Norman King'oo Wambua, said the unity among political and church leaders will help the government deliver services to the people.
Mr Ruto also supported the building of bridges of friendship.
"We have no place for tribal politics. We are all brothers, let us build the bridges of friendship for our country to prosper," said the DP.
SPREADING THE GOSPEL
Mr Ruto, who shared the platform with Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni), and Charity Ngilu (Kitui) among other leaders, said the Catholic Church had been instrumental in developing the country besides spreading the gospel.
He said the government had spent close to Sh20 billion in developing roads in Machakos, Makueni and Kitui.
Mr Ruto, however, steered clear from suggestions by Machakos Town MP Victor Munyaka that he works with Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka on the 2022 Presidential bid.
"Concerning 2022, I ask you not to look any further but come here and work with Kalonzo Musyoka because I know you can build the government together, " Mr Munyaka who was elected on a Jubilee Party ticket told Mr Ruto.
Mr Musyoka said it was important to work together for a better Kenya.
"We are building bridges and all of us will cross over to Canaan (better country). It will not be Jubilee or Wiper but it will be all Kenyans crossing, "said Mr Musyoka.
Cardinal John Njue stressed on the need for unity and peaceful coexistence among Kenyans.
"Let us accept one another. There is much we can learn from each other. Let us have that respect in order to bring meaningful unity in our country,” he said.
He thanked Bishop Wambua for accepting his new appointment to serve in the Diocese of Machakos which also includes Makueni County.
Bishop Wambua moved from Bungoma where he had served for 20 years.
The new bishop, who was accompanied by the Pope’s representative Charles Daniel and Archbishop of Mombasa Martin Kivuva, took a lap of honour on a car around the stadium.
Bishop Wambua asked the government to hasten efforts to eradicate poverty and give citizens a dignified life.
"The time for electioneering is over. Let us work together to improve our lives. That after 50 years of independence we still have people languishing in poverty is a sin," said Bishop Wambua.