President William Ruto has assured farmers of enough fertiliser ahead of planting season

President  William Ruto has assured farmers that the country has enough fertiliser ahead of the next planting season. 

He said the Government was keen to ensure availability and access to fertiliser across the country. 

Dr Ruto said four million bags were available and another two million will be available for top- dressing. 

"We are fully prepared for this planting season because we want to eliminate the shame of hunger," said Dr Ruto. 

Speaking in Kitale town on Saturday, during ordination and installation of Henry Juma Odonya as the new Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Kitale, the President said registration of farmers countrywide was ongoing. 

Bishop Odonya takes over from the long-serving Bishop Maurice Crowley who has retired. 

The President, at the same time, said the Government will relocate the prison in Kitale town to pave way for expansion of development programmes in the area. 

He urged leaders to take a common stand on matters of development, noting that his administration will serve all Kenyans equally. 

President Ruto thanked Bishop Crowley for taking the lead in the fight against insecurity in the region when he served as Catholic Bishop. 

National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula urged leaders to focus on service delivery, saying issues of the last General Election 'were now behind us'.

"Kenya is ready to move forward and address the challenges facing its people.  Let us forget issues of the last General Election and serve the people, " said Wetangula. 

Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi urged leaders to work together for the sake of peace and development. 

The Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan Monsignor Bert van Megen urged the Government to subsidise education in both public and private schools. 

He emphasised on the need for all Kenyans to observe the rule of law irrespective of status in the society. 

"Building on the kingdom of justice and peace requires us to abide by the rule of law.  Peace means putting in place the right laws and applying them equally among all," said Megen. 

Bishop Martin Kivuva (Mombasa) urged leaders to forget about issues pertaining to the last General Election, saying it was now time to serve Kenyans. 

"Let us close the chapter of the last elections and deliver what you promised Kenyans," said Bishop Kivuva. 

Governor George Natembeya (Trans Nzoia) said the county has set aside 200 acres of land for an affordable housing programme. 

Bishop emeritus Crowley praised the Government for its efforts to restore peace among warring communities in the North Rift. 

Present were Cabinet Secretary Wafula Nakumicha  (Health), Governors Simon Kachapin (West Pokot), Stephen Sang (Nandi), Jonathan Bii (Uasin Gishu) and Paul Otuoma (Busia) among other leaders.

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