The DP said the government has pumped a lot of money into the county to help open it up and attract investors.

“We have begun by constructing tarmac roads to help enhance easy movement of goods and services,” he said.

Mr Ruto also pointed out that they have set aside over Sh450 million for rural electrification. He said the funds will see more than 15,000 people get connected this financial year.

“West Pokot has been marginalised for a long time. We want to ensure there is electricity and water in all parts of this county,” he said, noting the need for food security and health centres as well.

“We want to change the narrative for this place to have a new face,” he said and urged the people to embrace development by the Jubilee Party administration. “We have embarked on various projects ... residents should embrace change,”

OTHER PROJECTS

Mr Ruto further pointed out that the government is constructing the 80 km Makutano-Kong’elai-Konyao Road, 80 km Kamatira-Cheptongei Road and two bridges in Sigor.

He said the contract for the 60 km Kapsait-Sondany-Tapach–Ortum road will be ready by Monday and that the plan is to construct Chepareria-Sook road in the next one month.

He added that the government will upgrade the Kitale-Lodwar Highway which is under construction and tasked Energy minister Charles Keter with ensuring the supply of power.

Ruto was with Governor John Lonyangapuo, Education Chief Administration Secretary Simon Kachapin and a number of members of parliament (MPs).

Governor Lonyangapuo asked the government to gazette Kacheliba and Sook as sub-counties and deploy more Kenya Police Reservists to areas prone to insecurity. He reported an end to animosity among counties in the area but said cattle rustling has re-emerged in some parts.

“We have tried as elected leaders to unite our communities and we are requesting for more national police reservists along the border to help restore calm,” he said.

The MPs presents included Samuel Moroto (Kapenguria), Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Peter Lochakapong (Sigor), David Pkossing (Pokot South) Mark Lomunokol (Kacheliba), Lillian Tomitom (West Pokot Woman Representative) and Mugambi Rindikiri (Buuri).

They said they will support his bid for the presidency come the 2022 general election.

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