ELDORET, Kenya, Oct. 24 — First Lady Rachel Ruto has called for teamwork among leaders to address the challenges facing the country.
Rachel said the country’s current harsh economic hardships, famines devastating some parts of the country and environmental problems require collective responsibility for their resolution.
Speaking at Kamagut Africa Inland Church (AIC) in Uasin Gishu County, during a thanksgiving service organized in honor of President William Ruto, the First Lady called on leaders to work together in the service of Kenyans.
“I want to encourage that we work together to address the challenges Kenyans face. We are fortunate that we have a good country that is blessed with godly leaders who are committed to exploring ways to solve such problems,” she said.
At the same time, the first lady urged leaders to encourage capacity building among women and youth groups to leverage the Hustlers Fund, which is scheduled to launch later in the year.
Ms Ruto said that although the majority of those contributing to socio-economic development are women and youth, they need to be empowered through capacity building.
“As we prepare to receive the Hustlers Fund, capacity building must prepare our employees to develop business ventures that can benefit from the money,” Ms. Ruto said.
The first lady, who was accompanied by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s wife, Dorcas, urged Christians to keep praying for leaders to keep the promises they made to Kenyans.
Ms. Gachagua said she is optimistic that God will solve the country’s problems.
“As a country, we must always be thankful to God for what he has done for our country. I am sure that God will see us through this difficult time,” she said.
Present were Uasin Gishu Governor Jonathan Bii, his counterpart from Elgeyo Marakwet, Wisley Rotich, MPs Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), Janet Rotich (Turbo), Samuel Chepkonga (Ainabkoi), Prof Phyllis Bartoo (Moiben), Abraham Kirwa (Mosop), Joseph Wainaina (nominated), Cynthia Muge (Nandi), Caroline Ngelechei (Elgeyo Marakwet), Gideon Kimaiyo (Keiyo South), David Kiplagat (Soy), Adams Kipsanai (Keiyo North) and Julius Rutto (Kesses).
Others included former AIC Bishop Silas Yego, President Ruto’s mother Sarah Samoei and Fr. Thomas Kigen and Rev. Luka Maiyo.
Mr Mandago thanked the people of Uasin for embracing peace during and after the last general election.
Gov. Bii and Rotich urged area residents to develop business plans to benefit from the Hustlers Fund, which was launched later in the year.