CORD peddling lies on state of economy – Uhuru

CORD peddling lies on state of economy – Uhuru

President Uhuru Kenyatta has accused CORD of issuing inaccurate reports concerning the state of the economy.

Speaking during the official opening of Kenya Medical Training Centre Kapenguria Campus on Monday, President Kenyatta said the economy is right on track, adding that the Jubilee Government will not be detracted by “unnecessary noises” from the opposition.

“The noise by opposition leaders will not distract the government from its transformative agenda. Stop cheating Kenyans about the state of the economy and other challenges facing the country,” he said.

President Kenyatta further expressed his support for Jubilee’s move to collapse small political parties, saying the country needs few but strong parties that unite Kenyans.

He said his call for small parties in the Jubilee Coalition to form one strong party should be viewed positively by Kenyans.

The school is the first medical training school ever to be constructed by a county government and was put up using devolved funds.

President Kenyatta commended the West Pokot County government for sponsoring the medical school, saying the project was a sign that with proper use of funds, devolution could bring development to the grassroots.

“Let me congratulate Governor Simon Kachapin, his government and the county assembly for constructing the training school. It is the first by a county government as all others have been established by the national government,” said the president.

President Kenyatta said the government has provided lecturers for the medical school and will purchase a college bus for the institution.

He said Kenyans can benefit from devolution if governors used the resources allocated to them for the intended development projects, urging governors to ensure proper utilisation of county funds.

“If all leaders stopped politicking and work together on matters of national importance, transformative development championed by the Jubilee Government will be realised,” he added.

He commended the Pokot community for discarding the retrogressive culture of livestock rustling to embrace peace with their neighbours.

The president assured Pokot reformed warriors that the government would recruit them into the National Youth Service (NYS) once the challenges facing the institution are addressed.

He also directed National Cereal and Produce Board (NCPB) to keep their depots open for farmers to deliver their maize and also waiver drying fees to improve their returns.

“Cost of drying maize should be borne by NCPB who understand acceptable levels of moisture to guard against aflatoxin,” the president said.

He reaffirmed his commitment to the fight against corruption saying the government will not run away from the challenges but face them head on.

“We will remain focused in uniting the country and the transformative agenda. The challenges faced by the country will be overcome,” the president said.

President Kenyatta also told Kenyans to provide evidence on corrupt practices to the relevant institutions, assuring that those proved to have stolen public funds would be prosecuted.

Speaking at the same event, Deputy President William Ruto assured Kenyans that the Jubilee Government will ensure equitable development in all parts of the country.

Others who spoke were local members of Parliament and Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and his National Treasury counterpart Henry Rotich.