President Uhuru Kenyatta has rallied Kenyans to work together for the unity and development of the country.
At the same time, the President admonished leaders who are going around the country preaching hate and division saying Kenyans need development and not empty political rhetoric.
“It is good to desire leadership…but leadership must be about bringing people together. People should come together, love each other and walk the same journey because leadership belongs to the people,” the President said.
The President spoke Monday, on the second day of his tour of development projects in the Coast region. Today’s tour took the Head of State, who was accompanied by Governor Ali Hassan Joho and Infrastructure CS James Macharia, to Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi Counties
In Mombasa, the President inspected the ongoing construction of the first segment of the Mariakani Highway which runs from Mombasa to Kwa Jomvu.
The Shs 8.5 billion project which is currently at 75 percent completion stage involves upgrading of the 11.3 kilometer two-way single carriageway to a three-lane dual road to ease up access of cargo trucks to Mombasa port.
Speaking to Changamwe residents who turned out in large numbers to welcome him, the President said the ongoing expansion of Mombasa port and the supporting infrastructure had grown its performance by approximately 15 million tonnes from 20 million in 2013 to a current annual output of 35 million tonnes.
The President said the jump in the port performance and the construction of ancillary infrastructure such as the SGR had helped create more jobs and business opportunities for Kenyans.
He warned politicians not to politicize development and reminded those preoccupied with endless politics that wananchi will choose their leaders at the right time.
“I am telling the people saying the President has moved the port to Naivasha. When I took over the leadership of our nation Kenya, this port of Mombasa could only handle 20 million tonnes per year, that’s from the time of the British colonialists until when I took the reigns of our nation’s leadership.
“From the time I took over, we have moved from 20 million million tonnes to 35 million tonnes. An additional 15 million tonnes,” the President said.
Governor Ali Hassan Joho who accompanied the Head of State on the entire tour and spoke at all stop overs said President Kenyatta has etched his name in the books of history as the leader who rolled out the highest number of development projects in the Coast region.
The Mombasa Governor cautioned politicians against misleading Coast residents on development matters saying it is clear to everyone that President Kenyatta was delivering his development blueprint for the region.
Today’s tour took the Head of State, who was accompanied by Governor Ali Hassan Joho and Infrastructure CS James Macharia, to Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi Counties.