President William Ruto went on a charm offensive in Azimio party leader Raila Odinga's backyard, dangling a bag of goodies to the people of Homa Bay County.
Addressing the public after a service at AIC Church in Homa Bay on Sunday, October 2, Ruto pledged to deliver the promises he made to the county during his campaign tour including building affordable houses.
Accompanied by his cabinet secretary for ICT nominee Eliud Owalo, the President revealed that he would commission the construction of 5,000 low-cost houses in October 2022.
"I will be back next month to lay the foundation stone for the first 400 houses and early next year, I will launch the second phase for the construction of 2,000 homes," Ruto reiterated.
The head of state noted that the project would create employment for the youth in the county. He stated that the youth needed to be equipped with the necessary skills so that they can benefit from the employment opportunity.
"Homa Bay Town has no technical training college, neither is there one in Suba South. I will speak to the leaders so that they set land aside for the construction of collages so that youths can earn from the project,"
In addition, the Head of State vowed to oversee the construction and rehabilitation of 200 kilometres of road across the county as listed in the charter signed during the economic forum.
"I am aware that some of the road projects have stalled in the county. I am asking that you allow me some time to first deal with the budget and the economy then I will come and finish the projects," Ruto reassured.
Aware of the poor sanitization conditions in the county, the President stated that he would work with Homa Bay Town MP George Peter Kaluma to set a functional water and sewerage sytem in the constituency.
Kendu Bay, Sindo, Rangwe and west Karachuonyo towns will also have their systems improved. Ruto further promised to implement the value addition in farming project across the countty.
He vowed to distribute improved seeds of the BT cotton crop which not only produces high yields but are also disease resistant.
On the other hand, those who practise animal husbandry, are set to benefit from an artificial insemination programme that will assure them productive livestock for beef and milk.
In his parting shot, Ruto assured that there was no bad blood between him and Odinga, stating that there were a number of avenues in which both of them could work together.
On his part, Owalo stated that Ruto had changed the politics of Kenya, following his victory in August, against all odds.
"I want to thank President William Ruto for changing the political discourse in this country, from politics which is based around rhetoric, tribes and individuals, to politics which is anchored on issues touching on the common mwananchi," said Owalo.