By Sammy Jakaa
Teso, Kenya: Deputy President William Ruto has told MPs and Senators to put aside party differences and focus on development.
Speaking in Teso North and South constituencies during homecoming ceremony for MPs Arthur Odera and Mary Emase respectively, Ruto said Kenyans had elected them to offer service and they should to be accountable to voters.
“Let us put aside our party differences and work together to ensure Kenyans get value for their taxes. Campaign time is over. Let us forget party politics and serve our people,” said Ruto.
He asked Busia County Governor Sospeter Ojaamong to ensure that all leaders remain united to move the county forward.
The Deputy President was officially crowned Teso elder in a colorful ceremony that was attended by various leaders.
Ruto pledged to tarmac Busia-Malaba-Lwakhakha Road terming it key since it links three border points.
“The national government will in the next financial year tarmac Busia-Malaba-Lwakhakha Road to enhance connectivity,” Ruto pledged.
He added that plans were underway to revive Malakisi ginnery that used to provide employment opportunities to hundreds of residents before it collapsed due to mismanagement.
Ruto said Alupe University will be revived and upgraded to national status to offer degrees, diplomas and certificates by the year 2015.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto donated Sh1 million each for equipping Amaase dispensary and construction of a library in Teso South and North respectively.
Ruto also appealed to Teso residents to practice family planning to raise quality families and reduce poverty index in the region.
The stalled university in Teso South was amon projects the Government has promised to revive in the next financial year.