Stop meddling, Uhuru tells ICC

By: MOSES ODHIAMBO

President Uhuru Kenyatta has told the ICC to stop meddling in Kenya’s internal affairs. He said Kenyans had resolved to live together in harmony, and the court should give them room to run their own affairs, instead of disturbing the peace in the country.

“That is why we are telling those people who are trying to incite Kenyans on issues that are long forgotten that we are tired of their interference. Instead of disturbing us, they should go to resolve the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, and give us room to move our country forward,” said President Kenyatta.

He added: “We are appealing to friendly countries to support us in our agenda of consolidating peace and unity in Kenya.”

The Head of State was addressing Eldoret residents who turned out in large numbers Sunday to welcome him on the second day of his development tour.

At the same time, governors from western Kenya sought President Kenyatta’s help in implementing key projects.

The county chiefs, who met the President during his tour of the region at the weekend, asked for partnership between the national government and devolved units on road, hospital, agriculture and transport projects.

They also sought joint efforts in the construction of universities.

The Head of State, who has been on a charm offensive in western Kenya, promised government support for the revival of sugar factories, expansion of roads and improvement of the dairy sector, with calls on cane farmers to grow other crops.

President Kenyatta spent a night at the Kakamega State Lodge, where he met local leaders.

He then flew to Kisumu on Sunday afternoon and was received by Governor Jack Ranguma.

HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION

At the Kakamega State Lodge Sunday morning, Mr Kenyatta held a three-hour meeting with governors Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Ken Lusaka (Bungoma), Moses Akaranga (Vihiga) and Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia).

Mr Lusaka said they sought the President’s help in the expansion of roads that fall under the national government, health institutions and the establishment of additional universities in the region.

Mr Oparanya raised the issue of the planned construction of a modern referral hospital in Kakamega to serve western Kenya.

His Vihiga counterpart called for the elevation of the Kaimosi University College to a university, and the construction of a cultural centre in the county.

Addressing local leaders, President Kenyatta said farmers in western Kenya should stop relying too much on sugarcane and embrace other crops.

He said the government is keen to ensure that Mumias and Nzoia sugar factories are back on track.

“As the government, we are doing everything possible to turn around the sugar factories and ensure farmers benefit from the crop,” said Mr Kenyatta.

He said efforts to revive Pan Paper Mills in Webuye were in progress.