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Shun divisive politics, unite for development: Ruto

Sunday September 30 2018

Mohammed Ali, William Ruto

Deputy President William Ruto (centre) with Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya and Nyali Member of Parliament Mohammed Ali during his tour of the Coast on September 30, 2018. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

MOHAMED AHMED
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Deputy President (DP) William Ruto has asked politicians to shun divisive politics and Kenyans to support the government's development efforts.

Mr Ruto said on Sunday that all Kenyans should unite for development.

ENEMY

Speaking after a church service at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Kongowea, the deputy president said divisive politics is an enemy of development.

"Let us be one and build Kenya for our own good. Kenyans are people from different parties, religions and tribes. We are all one ... we were created by one God," he said. "Our aim is to bring Kenyans together "

The DP said his tours of the Coast are aimed at increasing development in the region. He promised that the government will implement more projects in the region.

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"We have gone round launching projects since landing in the region. We will have power fixed, roads made and water installed," Mr Ruto said at the church where he donated Sh2 million for its expansion.

He said that plans for the construction of Mwache and Mzima 2 water projects were completed so the work will begin in October.

DEVELOPMENT

While launching a water project at Ziwa la Ngombe, Mr Ruto reiterated that Kenya only be changed through development.

"Development projects, not anything else, will change the livelihoods of our people. We should not allow any leader to divide us," he told the residents.

The DP was with Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui, Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya and MPs Mohamed Ali (Nyali) Benjamin Tayari (Kinango), Aisha Jumwa (Malindi) Getrude Mbeyu (Kilifi county) and Michael Kingi (Magarini).

Mr Ali said the only Constitution the people should abide by "is the one that leads us to the same path despite our religious and tribal differences".

He said people should focus on development as the time for politicking is over.

"In 2022 we will not talk of parties or tribes. We will focus on development in the last five years. That is what we will consider before we vote in another leader."

On Saturday, Mr Mvurya and tens of Coast Members of Parliament said they will not support Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga in 2022 as they have nothing to show for standing with him for years.