In President Uhuru’s new year address to the nation, he lauds the performance of his administration and pointed out things to be expected this year.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday, January 01, 2017 addressed the nation and pointed out the achievements of his government so far and things to be expected from his government this year. He also pleaded with Kenyans to re-elect him by August so he could carry on his nation building and take the country to a greater height.
President Uhuru’s New Year Address
We come to the end of this year and the start of 2017. It is a time to take stock of what has passed, the lessons learnt, sometimes at great cost, and, of course, our triumphs as a people and as families.
We have an election in a few months. It will be my great privilege to run as a candidate to remain your President for another term. My reason for running is to complete the works that we have started with great energy and to ensure that this nation can continue to rise in the world.
It remains the greatest privilege of my life to serve as your President and Commander-in-Chief. In this position, I have a unique vantage point of our country and the world.
Kenya is unique in Africa, and much of the world, for being a country that can fight global terrorism while strengthening democracy. For having undertaken devolution faster and more comprehensively than almost any country that has undertaken it in the last century. For having an economy that has continued to grow in the middle of a global slump.
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We are a country whose political and economic importance to the world is growing. Almost all the leaders of the UN Security Council and the Group of 7 largest economies have come to visit us. Not for show, but reflecting the place we increasingly enjoy in the world: our central role in regional peace and stability, our leadership on matters of environmental protection and the development of renewable energy resources.
There are over 60 major global companies with their regional or continental headquarters in Kenya. They tell me that their Kenyan staff is as competitive as the best the world has to offer. From here, they reach into every part of the continent, aided by our improving infrastructure, and the skills and hard work of our people.
We are a country on the move, and I am proud that the efforts of my administration have had a lot to do with this advanced stature and achievement. We are a developing country in the poorest continent in the world, we are a country in one of the toughest and most conflict-prone regions
Great nations with wealth and jobs for all are not built quickly or easily. But I am proud of what we have achieved in a mere fifty years, the wise decisions we have made as a people that have kept us from the successful coups and disastrous wars that too many of our neighbors have suffered from.
We must be able to remember where we have come from and how much we have achieved even as we continue to urgently undertake a process of transformation during this generation and the ones to come.
Fellow Kenyans, We require morale and hopefulness if we are to harness our energies and work toward the vision of a prosperous, secure and fair Kenya that every generation of Kenyans has worked toward and passed on to their children. I am profoundly aware that we are a country with serious challenges to overcome.
Our country remains under threat from global terrorism even as my administration’s policies and investments have minimized the number and severity of attacks.
There are too few jobs for our young people who have become even more educated.
Too many families are suffering from alcoholism among fathers and sons; it is why I have enhanced efforts to eliminate illegal liquors.
Fellow Kenyans, While we have made strong investments in health and maternal and infant mortality, too many Kenyans are still dying from preventable and treatable diseases. I have seen the suffering of patients as doctors go on strike.
We have worked hard to arrive at a workable solution with the doctors but there are limits to what the government can manage and still be a responsible manager of the people’s finances.
We continue to make every available legal effort to prevent and deal with corruption in the public service. The multi-agency approach has continued to bring more cases against senior officials suspected of fraud and theft. I have been, and remain, unequivocal that we must go beyond arrests and prosecutions, to convictions.
To this end, I am heartened that the new Chief Justice has risen to the challenge I made to all branches of government by assuring us that the rich and powerful accused will not be allowed to abuse the court process to delay justice.
I am also glad that the Private Sector raised its hand and crafted a corruption law that has serious consequences for businesses that corrupt public servants. Parliament has played its role by passing the Bill and I believe that it will make a large impact against this damaging vice.
One pending matter from 2016 concerns the management of our team at the Rio Olympics. I have received the findings, which have two sets of recommendations. One is reform of Sport, including the criteria for team selection for major events.
Secondly, the Director of Public Prosecutions is reviewing the file in order to decide whether evidence exists to take further action on the top leadership of the Sports ministry. We promised accountability and someone will be held to account.
What I have learnt this year, ladies and gentlemen is that there is no silver bullet for corruption. Efforts must be sustained and undertaken in multiple sectors and levels. Rooting out this crime will not come overnight, just as it did not rise overnight but has been with us for many years.
I have also learnt that progress is delayed when the fight against corruption is politicized and cynical lies and smears utilized for narrow political interests.
Fellow Kenyans, I have also been witness to a Kenya that is progressing by leaps and bounds. At the heart of our efforts are jobs and opportunities for our young people. They are our children, our brothers and sisters, and they make up the largest segment of our population. Our success as a nation will be judged by the kind of jobs we help them gain.
The new railway we are building from Mombasa and the many roads we are opening, while we improve others, are not merely to transport goods. They are to ensure that today’s enterprises can be more productive and competitive, and they will, therefore, create more jobs for our youth.
They help us compete with the other countries across the world that are looking to attract the kind of investors who build factories and hotels that produce decent jobs for well-educated young people.
We have ensured the most honest national exams in many years. Not just to be strict, but to ensure that our young people’s efforts are reflected in their results.
That those who can afford to cheat in exams do not rob opportunities from those who are hardworking and honest.
Uhuru’s Message To Opposition On Mass Protest
President Uhuru’s New year address covers all areas including that of the opposition. Uhuru said that he is very proud of his administration and by August 2017 Kenyans will realize he has done more than every other administration and more than most other countries in a comparable way.
He went further to talk about the mass action threat by the opposition, he urged the youths not to fall for their plans because they want to divide the nation.
He called the opposition power hungry individuals who want to be in the office by all means.
Finally, he urged all Kenyans to reject violence in elections. Resounding peace as what Kenyans should embrace during the election year.
He promised to work with all Kenyans, listen to their problems and solve their problems in order to have a good country which they’ve all dreamt of.