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BY CORRESPONDENT,MURANGA,9TH DEC 2017-President Uhuru Kenyatta says he will not engage in talks on electoral reforms with Nasa leader Raila Odinga.instead Kenyatta has asked the opposition leaders to spearhead development instead of continuing politicking.
The president seems to be responding to calls for electoral reforms dialogue by Nasa leaders that they have been mentioning in their meetings.
Speaking Saturday, the Head of State Kenyatta said that the election period is over and that it is time for the opposition leaders to support the Jubilee agenda.
He said it is time to work and focus on development while creating jobs for the youth and reviving the agriculture sector.
“It is time to work not engaging in talk. I am requesting leaders, whether in government or not, to end politics and unite to work for Kenyans,” he said.
“Kenyans want to see our country moving forward and that is the dialogue we want to participate in. Lakini hii ya kuongea siasa ingoje 2022. Mtaongea na William. Mimi nitakuwa nikienda nyumbani.” (Politics can wait until 2022; you will dialogue with William when I will be leaving office,”) he said.
On his side deputy president William Ruto has urged opposition and Jubilee leaders to unite the country, reiterated that the election period is over and leaders should be focusing on development.
The deputy president said that President Kenyatta is working on uniting Kenyans and ridding the country of tribalism.
“We have a government, leaders and an agenda to take the country forward. We are no longer competing,” he said.
He told Jubilee leaders that it is their collective responsibility to ensure that President Kenyatta succeeds in his second term.
Mr Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto were attending the burial of Susan Wairimu, the mother of Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege in Kinyona Village in Kigumo Constituency, Murang’a County.
The President also promised that his government will construct a 35-kilometre road that will connect Murang’a and Nyandarua counties.
He also assured parents that the free secondary education programme expected to start next month is on course.
The President further appealed to Kenyans to register with National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), and announced government plans to expand the programme to reach every citizen.
“It is important for everyone to register with NHIF because as a government we want every Kenyan to have a medical cover after [my last] five-year term,” he said.