President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on the opposition to abandon their political posturing which is costing the economy billions of Shillings.

The President said opposition protests were deliberately staged to slow the country's economic progress.

He called on the leaders of the opposition to drop their posturing and engage in constructive engagements with the Government.

Deputy President William Ruto, who accompanied the President, called on the opposition to stop making demands and get ready to engage on the issue of the IEBC through the Parliament.

The President and his deputy spoke in Mwingi after commissioning the Mwingi Level 4 Hospital, which was equipped with modern kits at a cost of Ksh400 million.

President Kenyatta also commissioned a Kenya Medical Training Institute campus at Mwingi where he also announced a grant of Ksh100 million for its expansion.

Speaking to the residents of the town, President Kenyatta said the economy will not grow if politicians continue agitating confrontations and engage in illegal protests.

"If you want to rule this country, why can't you allow its growth and development?. What are you going to rule if you destroy? Are you coming to rule cats?" the President asked.

He said the brand of politics the opposition was engaging in is taking Kenya backwards.

"Let us compete on ideas and policies, and not on the basis of tribe. That is the way to build a nation," the President said.

The Head of State urged Kenyans to remain united so that the country can continue being an investment destination of choice.

The Deputy President said the leaders of the opposition were being unfair to the common Kenyans who are struggling to improve their life.

He said the violent protests cost the economy billions of shillings every week and have directly affected private property owners.

Ruto called on the opposition to respect the Constitution because that is the only to guarantee order in the country.

He asked the opposition to name MPs to sit on the Parliament Select Committee that will deal with the issue of IEBC.

"Stop the conditions. Stop the posturing. We have selected our team and you should do the same so that we can deal with the issue of IEBC," the Deputy President said.

The President was accompanied by the Governors of Kitui (Julius Malombe) and Machakos (Alfred Mutua), and14 MPs from Ukambani.