By Michael Okidi
A gathering of top National leaders in Meru County yesterday reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to national forgiveness, reconciliation and unity of all Kenyans for the attainment of national prosperity.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy, William Ruto Arrived at Nchuuri Primary school grounds in Tigania East Constituency with a kind but firm reminder to Kenyans that the only route to national development was through reconciliation and unity.
The event, where the President launched the Inua Jamii social protection scheme for the elderly, and the issuance of title deeds to landowners in Meru County, later culminated in celebrations to mark a thanksgiving ceremony for the appointment of Mr
Peter Munya as Cabinet Secretary.
The President was as firm and emphatic about national unity as he had been during the Madaraka Day, asking top national leaders to lead Kenyans into a genuine act of national reconciliation and unity.
“The President said that without unity, where leaders and other Kenyans work together, there will be no development and the gains so far made in various sectors will not be significant at all.
“As a Government, we have made tremendous progress, but we must aim even higher in the service of our people,” the President reiterated.
He cited the various achievements such as the connection of 7 million Kenyans to electricity, the enrolment of over 3 million people with the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) and the issuance of hundreds of thousands of title deeds countrywide.
Such gains, the Head of State emphasized, should not be derailed by unnecessary political differences by leaders who should instead show other Kenyans the path to unity.
East African Community and Northern Corridor Cabinet Secretary, Peter Munya acknowledged the President’s efforts at restoring peace in Meru County after the top leadership was almost divided by last year’s elections.
Mr Munya promised to work together with other leaders in supporting the President’s efforts at national reconciliation and the fulfillment of the Government’s Big Four agenda, namely: food security, affordable housing, manufacturing and affordable
healthcare for all.
On his part, the Deputy President called on Kenyans to support the President’s initiative in reaching out to the opposition for a joint effort in solving the challenges facing Kenya as a country.
The meeting was also addressed by Uganda’s deputy Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Al Hajj Kirunda Kivejinja, who is also the current Chairman of the EAC Council Ministers.
In attendance were several Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Governors, Senators, Members of Kenyan’s National Parliament and their counterparts from the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), among other guests.