Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta delivered a riveting State of the Nation Address in the National Assembly Thursday. Find it in its entirety.
State of the Nation Address, Thursday June 26, 2015, Parliament Chambers, Nairobi
Mr. Deputy President,
Speakers of Parliament,
Members of Parliament,
The Chief Justice and Members of the Supreme Court,
Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
1. Today, for the second time, and in line with my constitutional
obligation, I address this special sitting of Parliament, to outline the
State of the Nation in relation to our values and principles of
governance, as elaborated in Article 10; the state of our nation’s
security, as provided for in Article 240; and our status in fulfilling
our international treaty obligations, under Article 132 of our
2. As we approach my second anniversary as
President, I am pleased to report that the state of our Nation is
strong. Our economy is growing robustly. Our nation is more secure, and
our place in the community of nations is respected.
3. In the
year under review, we, as a nation, have continued to deepen our
democracy and the Rule of Law. Public participation in governance has
grown at all levels, while institutional measures to secure the basic
rights and freedoms of our people continue to take root. The year has
been laced with robust debates, and sometimes even strong differences of
opinion, between and within various levels and arms of government. This
is a profound reaffirmation of our democratic ideals.
Nonetheless, exercising these rights and privileges demands from each
one of us, particularly us leaders, to remain conscious of our patriotic
duty to nurture a united nation.
With a GDP of USD 53.3 billion with GDP per capita at USD 1,246, Kenya
has attained middle-income status. We are also one of the African
economies that can boast a diversified and balanced economy.
Today, Kenya is one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
Despite sluggish global growth, our economy is steadily expanding at 6
percent, consolidating our position as the largest non-mineral driven
economy in Sub-Saharan Africa. We are also making significant progress
in the oil, gas and minerals sectors. Following the establishment of a
dedicated mining ministry, our royalties have sharply increased from 21
million shillings in 2012, to an expected 1.2 billion this financial
year. This on-going economic transformation is drawing attention
7. Last month, a prominent international publication
singled Kenya out as one of seven outstanding emerging markets worth
investing in. Earlier this month, of the 57 fastest-growing economies
ranked by Bloomberg, Kenya was the third fastest growing economy behind
China and the Philippines. Additionally, Ernst and Young’s
Attractiveness Survey for Africa for 2014 placed Kenya among the three
top investment destinations in Sub Saharan Africa, and the most
preferred in East and Central Africa. A combination of the government’s
pro-growth economic policies, a growing middle class, and an educated
and skilled workforce has steered Kenya into the ranks of the top
emerging market destinations for investment.
8. Inflation has
been contained at single digits, capping the prices of basic goods for
Kenyans. Interest rates are falling, allowing Kenyans to access credit
for their businesses, homes and farms. The exchange rate is stable and
the public debt sustainable, reflecting my administration’s sound fiscal
and monetary management. Furthermore, the implementation of programmes
and projects that drive our growth are proceeding apace.
have made significant progress in the energy sector. Since March 2013,
we have added 514.9 megawatts of electricity to our national grid, to
make available a total of 2,125 megawatts. This represents a 31% growth
in total generation capacity. A substantial component of the new
additional capacity is geothermal, a clean energy source that increases
our resilience to the volatility associated with weather and oil prices.
Kenya is now the world’s eighth largest geo-thermal producer with a
steam power capacity of 579 megawatts. Notably, our power generation mix
is overwhelmingly green, positioning us among the global leaders when
it comes to the nexus between climate change and sustainable
development. This is especially appropriate given our hosting of the
United Nations Environment Programme, the world’s leading environmental
agency. I call upon all Kenyans to embrace the promise of green energy
for sustainable development.
10. Greater supply of electricity
has translated into an average reduction in consumer bills by 25% in
the period between August 2014 and February 2015. Costs of electricity
to industry have also fallen, making the country a more competitive
location for the manufacturing sector.
11. The total number of
users connected to electricity grew by over 41% between March 2013 and
today, raising the customer base to 3,150,000 Kenyans. This translates
to an increase in the national electrification rate from 26% to 37%. In
the last three months of this year alone, we have connected 385,000
Kenyans and are targeting a record 1 million by the end of December
2015, more than double the connections last year.
the country, businesses, large and small, are expanding, creating
employment and prosperity. As Government meets its end of the bargain in
providing cheaper power, it is my expectation that businesses will pass
on these savings to the Kenyan consumer.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
13. When I took office, I pledged to connect all public primary schools
to electricity within two years. At the time, only 8,200 out of 21,500
schools had been connected. As I speak today, a total of 18,424 schools
have been connected. The remaining 3,076 schools will be done by the end
of next month. Ladies and Gentlemen, in the last two years, more
primary schools have been connected to electricity than have been since
14. The provision of power further accelerates the
already rapid penetration of Internet connectivity, linking our people
to knowledge and far-off opportunities. A total of Kenya shillings 1.2
billion has been transferred to 21,458 schools for construction of ICT
Hardware storage rooms, and more than 2,500 teachers have undergone ICT
training. This action will provide a qualified workforce that guarantees
the swift rollout of the Laptop Project.
15. We continue to
implement free primary school education, which offers a ladder for our
children to obtain employable skills and allow them to become active
citizens. To extend this fundamental promise of opportunity to all, the
Jubilee Government scrapped examination fees and capped school fees for
secondary schools. We have also increased budgetary allocation from 30
billion shillings in 2013/14 to 40 billion this year, with the objective
of rolling out free and compulsory primary and secondary school
education in the next 5 years.
16. Kenya has migrated 70% of the
areas previously covered by analogue TV to digital TV broadcasting. Our
target is to migrate the remaining 30% by 30th March 2015. Digital TV
has made possible high quality television, enabled more television
channels, driven down the barriers to entry, and created more
entrepreneurial and employment opportunities from the creation of local
content. In line with this endeavour, we are extending television
broadcasting to parts of the country, which did not enjoy such services
17. In spite of this positive development, there are
sustained persistent claims that the government’s insistence on
maintaining the agreed and court-endorsed migration has rolled back
Kenya’s democratic gains. Nothing could be further from truth. All
Kenyans should know that digital migration will unleash the full
potential of this medium, expanding the scope of available information
to the benefit of our democracy. The misrepresentation to the contrary
is irresponsible. It seeks to insulate entrenched interests and close
the door to the many Kenyans who will benefit from an open arena. We as
government are willing to work with all stakeholders in the endeavour to
grow a vibrant and prosperous broadcasting sector. This experience
underscores the importance of each sector of our society, appreciating
its cardinal responsibility to this country and its people.
Kenyans should be proud of our global leadership in mobile money
transactions. In 2014, Kenyans exceeded 2.1 trillion shillings in mobile
money transactions. In all, Kenyans made almost 50% of global mobile
money transactions. These startling statistics, coupled with the total
number of mobile phones, exceeding one for every citizen, means that
Kenya is at the global frontier of mobile technology.
construction of the Standard Gauge Railway is progressing according to
plan. Close to half of the 609 km track is excavated and ready for
sleepers. On completion, the new railway will dramatically reduce cargo
transport costs by a further 60%, and decongest our roads, leading to
greater road safety. The development of the SGR is an addition to the
substantial expansion and modernisation taking place at the port of
Mombasa, and that has led to a reduction in freight time by more than
75%. Further gains will be realised with the imminent completion of
Berth 19 and the soon to commence Berth 20 and 21.
20. For the last century, the current narrow-gauge railway has driven
our economy. The SGR will revolutionise our economy and position it to
take full advantage of the opportunities of the 21st century.
The LAPSSET Project is another significant investment by our nation.
Just like the Kenya-Uganda railway became the artery of the East African
economy, so will LAPSSET create a new economic and social reality. In
addition to opening up the northern part of Kenya to trade and
investment, it will contribute to securing what have been fragile,
volatile and insecure parts of our country. In doing this, LAPSSET will
transform the lives of millions of our compatriots, while creating an
enabling environment for northern Kenya to contribute strongly to
22. Furthermore, LAPSSET will deepen
regional integration and Africa’s interconnectivity and trade.
Recognising its value, the African Union, at its January 2015 Summit,
included LAPSSET in its Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative.
23. The administrative infrastructure for this project is
complete, and I will, in the next few days, break ground for the
construction of the initial three berths of the Lamu Port.
To facilitate the expansion of the desired road network, my government
has resorted to an innovative model. The annuity-financing model will
help tap infrastructural financing.
25. This approach is expected
to reduce our construction costs by half and guarantee us an additional
10,000 kilometres of tarmacked roads within the next 5 years.
26. Following the fire disaster of August 2013 at the Jomo Kenyatta
International Airport, which at the time seemed to spell doom, we have
recovered splendidly. Within ten days, all flights had resumed. By
November 2013, we had constructed a new arrivals hall, and by October
2014 had completed terminal 1A, which currently carries 80% of all
business at JKIA. In addition, last year, we commenced construction of a
new terminal that I expect to commission in the next few days. This
upgrade has placed JKIA in the top league internationally.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
27. Even as we pay close attention to infrastructure, my administration
has also trained its attention on improving service provision to our
people. In the last year, we have sharply accelerated the quality and
breadth of public services.
28. Under the HUDUMA Kenya Programme
we are delivering more than 35 services under one roof in twenty-three
counties. By the end of this financial year, we will have rolled out an
additional 23 centres, bringing the total to 41 Huduma Centres. This
pioneering programme has attracted numerous commendations including the
2015 winner of the African Association of Public Administration and
Management gold medal on Innovative Management in Africa. A number of
countries, both in Africa and beyond, are working with our people to
replicate this model.
29. Earlier this
month, I launched the Integrated Population Register System. The single
source of truth on population identity. The system, which has been
tested for more than a year now, is a comprehensive database of all
registered persons residing in Kenya, both citizens and foreigners. The
value of the IPRS to planning, service delivery, business processing and
security, is revolutionary to not only government but to the banking,
telecoms, insurance and other sectors of our economy.
this same platform, the e-Citizen Government Services Portal is
progressively migrating services online. These include the renewal of
driving licenses, business-name searches and registration of marriages,
passport applications, and official land searches in Nairobi. Other
services will be coming on stream in the near future.
attract greater domestic and international investment, my
administration, in collaboration with the private sector, has made a
concerted effort to improve the Business Regulatory Environment. These
efforts, added to the opportunities in our economy and region, are
leading to strong growth in Foreign and Domestic Direct Investment, and
therefore to jobs and growth.
32. In line with my
administration's commitment to improve health care, we have invested 38
billion shillings to roll out the Managed Equipment Services Programme.
To effect this, five global suppliers have assessed 94 hospitals in the
47 counties, plus the four national referral hospitals to deliver the
necessary equipment starting in May this year. This capacity is the most
sophisticated in the region, enabling access to world-class diagnosis
and treatment. Our emphasis is on early detection and prevention, so as
to avoid the high costs associated with treatment occasioned by late
detection. In these hospitals, the equipment purchased will allow for
treatment of diseases such as cancer, while providing advanced dialysis,
and intensive care facilities in all counties.
33. With the
provision of free maternal hospital services, maternal health has
greatly improved. Deliveries in our public health facilities now average
80%. As a result, maternal mortality has decreased from 488 to 360
deaths per 100,000 live births. We have opened many clinics in slum
areas such as Mathare in Nairobi through which many Kenyans daily access
medical care. Our efforts in this sector are complemented by the
initiatives of the First Lady who I commend for the Beyond Zero
campaign, which keeps growing from strength to strength in improving
maternal and child health across the country.
34. All these
endeavours are geared towards the Jubilee government’s commitment to
roll out universal health care for all Kenyans. In this respect, I wish
to thank the Government of Japan and all development partners who have
extended support for this initiative. Beginning April of this year, the
new agreed National Health Insurance Fund rates will be in force
allowing for In- and Out-Patient treatment. To this end, I encourage all
Kenyans to enrol with the NHIF. This will ensure that our objective of
universal healthcare will be realised.
35. To promote social
justice and inclusivity, my government is assisting 35,000 self-help
groups and continues the promotion of social security to the aged
citizens and other vulnerable groups. The Older Persons Cash Transfer
Programme covers 164,000 households, cushioning them against
life-threatening risks such as sickness, poor health and injuries. In
addition, the government continues to fund the Orphaned and Vulnerable
Cash Transfer Programme, which currently covers 252,000 households and
27,000 persons with severe disabilities. We have also launched the
Health Insurance Subsidy Programme to cover 12,000 households. This
programme, which targets the poor, has 30,000 principal beneficiaries
registered by the National Health Insurance Fund. The government has
also established the President’s Secondary Schools Bursary Scheme, which
benefits 13,050 orphans and vulnerable children. Overall, close to half
a million households are benefiting from the 25 billion shillings in
36. We have made significant progress in
land reform. The reorganisation and clean-up of the Nairobi and Mombasa
land registries is complete. We have launched a new National Land
Titling Centre, which has processed close to 400,000 new title deeds,
which have been issued. In digitising the process of land ownership, the
Nairobi Registry is now complete with citizens able to conduct searches
and payment of land rents online. The digitising of the remaining 13
land registries will be complete by June 2015. We are clearly on track
to fulfilling our Jubilee manifesto pledge of issuing 3 million new
title deeds by 2017.
37. In the realm of
international relations, for the first time in the history of our
nation, we have launched our foreign and diaspora policies, clarifying
our strategic objectives and the values that drive our engagement with
the rest of the world and Kenyans abroad respectively. Next week, we
will hold a Diaspora conference, to elaborate the role of Kenyans abroad
in contributing to the national aspiration for broad and inclusive
38. At the bilateral level, we continue to
strengthen our relations with friendly nations. I have travelled to
China, the United States, Japan and across Africa, seeking new partners,
and strengthen our strategic partnerships. We have also opened a number
of diplomatic missions, signed a range of bilateral agreements. These
efforts leveraged large investment opportunities such as the Standard
Gauge Railway, the Power Africa Initiative, as well as opening new trade
and investment opportunities for Kenya.
39. Kenya remains a
champion of economic integration. I had the privilege to chair the East
African Community last year. During that period, the region deepened its
integration and concluded a range of instruments to enhance close
economic, political and infrastructural development ties. The biggest
success has been the initiation and implementation of the Single Customs
Territory to facilitate cross border trade within the region. As a
result, it now takes three days for goods to transit from Mombasa to
Kampala, and four days to Kigali, down from 18 days and 20 days
respectively. Another key achievement is the elimination of work
permits’ fees; the launching of the single tourist visa; travel by
identity card; one-stop-border posts; establishing the one area network
and thereby reducing cost of cross-border communication in East Africa.
These measures strengthen the stability, resilience and economic
opportunities in our region.
40. We also remain a vital actor in
the search for sustainable peace and security in both Somalia and South
Sudan, and are working with our neighbours and allies to stabilise the
Great Lakes Region.
41. At the continental level, Kenya is an
anchor state in championing the Africa’s agenda. In the aftermath of the
Ebola epidemic, Kenya was among the first responders, contributing 1
million US dollars and hundreds of brave, highly qualified medical staff
– some of who are still on the ground battling Ebola. We also took a
leadership role in the negotiations with the European Union that led to
the successful conclusion of the European Union Partnership Agreement.
42. Internationally, we have hosted several high profile events,
reflecting the growing stature of Nairobi as a global diplomatic hub
where major debates and decisions are made. Later this year, we will
host the World Trade Organisation’s Ministerial conference and have
offered to host the sixth Tokyo International Conference for Africa’s
Development in 2016. Kenya remains a champion of a rule-based
multilateral system that upholds the equality of states. To this end, we
continue to lobby for the reform of the United Nations system to
reflect the democratic imperatives of our age.
43. We continue with the robust implementation of the Constitution. In
this respect, Parliament, under its legislative agenda, has passed more
than two dozen laws. It is my trust that all fifth-year Schedule V
legislation, and the outstanding fourth-year legislation will be
processed in time for the August deadline.
44. Our strong
commitment to devolution remains manifest. My administration has funded
counties progressively increasing from 190 billion shillings in the
first financial year, 226 billion in the current financial year, and
projecting 258 billion shillings in the next financial year, well beyond
the 15% minimum provided for in the Constitution. Demonstrating my
continued belief in the value of devolution, we have also established
intergovernmental mechanisms to support devolution through enhanced
consultation, cooperation and partnership with the counties. As a sign
of the growing understanding and partnership between national and county
governments, I am pleased to report that IBEC, under the chairmanship
of the Deputy President, concluded an early and harmonious settlement of
the division of revenue negotiations.
45. As the chair of the
Intergovernmental Summit, I am continuously engaged with the county
governments to ensure the success of the devolution dream. In my travels
across the country, I have taken pride in the varied projects
undertaken by county governments.
46. I am however concerned by
the numerous disruptions of the devolution agenda by political conflicts
in a number of counties. This month, I reluctantly established a
commission to inquire into the affairs of Makueni County. We have also
witnessed intense contestation between leaders in a number of other
counties. In Narok, Embu, Mandera, Marsabit and Tana River, among
others, ethnicity is being used to exclude, divide and manipulate the
people. This trend, unless halted, has the potential to derail the
devolution agenda. The aspiration of the Kenyan people was for
grassroots development not for ethnic balkanisation.
therefore call on all leaders at the county level to be guided by these
aspirations and not their own narrow self-interest. We must all remember
that Kenya is one indivisible nation, and that every Kenyan has a right
to live, work and participate in all activities in any part of the
country, as guaranteed in our Constitution. In this regard, the National
Cohesion and Integration Commission must take seriously its mandate to
promote and protect the values of cohesion and devolution.
48. I have since taking office, underscored the value of harnessing the
capabilities of all Kenyans. Only by doing this can we unleash the full
potential of our nation and create the Kenya of our dreams. In this
respect, my government has put special emphasis on the setting up of
mechanisms and institutions to guarantee inclusivity. Today, we
celebrate nearly 2 years of the Jubilee government’s implementation of
the Public Procurement and Disposal Act Regulation passed in 2013 that
provides access to 30% of government procurement to women, youth and
persons with disabilities. This has translated concretely into a total
of 9.4 Billion shillings worth of contracts to these groups in the first
2 quarters of this financial year. By the end of the year, these groups
will have provided government with goods and services amounting to 30
49. As I have repeatedly emphasised, all procuring entities must comply fully with this law.
50. In addition, we have also disbursed 5.3 billion shilling of the
UWEZO Fund. Our efforts have been lauded at the just concluded 59th
Session of the Commission on the Status of Women as an innovative
show-case of gender responsive budgeting, and cited as a model that
could be exported to other countries in Africa and the Commonwealth.
51. The youth have continued to prove their capability to drive our
growth and progress. I have been delighted by the vibrancy of their
innovation, energy and commitment. From the innovators at i-Hub, Nai-Hub
and the 16 technology hubs, to Equity Bank’s Wings to Fly, Kenya’s
youth are proving repeatedly that they are holding the present and
future of our nation in their hands. Kenya is becoming a start-up
nation. In the last year, we have witnessed the growth of homegrown
technological innovation of cutting edge global standards. Herein, lies
an unprecedented opportunity to leverage relevant technology to respond
to our needs, drive our economy, job market, and improve service
52. I call upon all government ministries and
agencies, and the private sector to explore these homegrown innovations
and to support these young innovators before turning to solutions from
53. The National Youth Service has become a significant
driver of my transformation agenda. Working alongside communities, the
NYS youth have become change agents that catalyse improved living
standards for the less fortunate, particularly in informal settlements
as demonstrated in Kibera. Similar efforts are underway in Mathare,
Korogocho, Mukuru Kwa Njenga, and Kiandutu in Thika.
the cities, the NYS is also engaged in at-risk regions of the country.
For the first time, through the efforts of this institution, Lodwar will
soon have access to water on a sustainable basis, reflecting my
commitment to drive development across the country.
encourage all young Kenyans to take full advantage of all government
programmes laid out to facilitate their productive integration into
national economic life.
56. In 2013, I appointed a Taskforce to
review the operations of Parastatals with the aim of reforming them to
be more efficient in their pursuit of our national development goals and
to align their mandates to the Constitution. The Taskforce made
recommendations to transform our Parastatals. The legal framework to
guide the envisaged reforms has undergone the requisite stakeholder
consultations. Several pieces of proposed legislation, including an
overarching law on government-owned entities, that align these
institutions to our national development imperatives, will shortly be
forwarded to Parliament for consideration.
57. Yesterday, I
issued, as part of the Parastatals reform programme, the Mwongozo Code
of Governance for State Corporations. I directed that all vacant
positions in the Boards be filled. I will personally oversee all
appointed and currently serving board members formally sign on to the
Code. This will address governance and management challenges in our
Fellow Kenyans, Ladies and Gentlemen
have outlined a number of initiatives that demonstrate the work that the
Jubilee government has done to drive the transformation of Kenya. This
progress notwithstanding, our country is today faced with a number of
daunting challenges that slow our progress, obscure our achievements and
chip away at the legitimacy of the state.
59. The most pressing of these challenges are insecurity, disunity and corruption.
60. In the last year, security has improved. I salute the service and
sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform who risk their lives to
protect our way of life. They are confronting, on our behalf, a range of
security threats. Foremost of these is global terrorism, as manifested
in the threat of Al Shabaab, who continue to operate largely from
Somalia. The Kenya Defence Forces, within the ambit of the African Union
Mission in Somalia, continue to dismantle the capability of Al Shabaab.
However, this terrorist group still poses a significant threat to
Kenya, especially in light of the long porous border with Somalia. We
are also faced with a sharp growth of radicalisation and violent
extremism, threats associated with youth that have returned from
Somalia. Other international crimes that threaten us include poaching,
human trafficking, drug and narcotic trafficking, and cyber crime.
61. In addition to these international crimes, most of which feed into
the funding and resourcing of terrorism and its agents, we are also
faced with the challenge of ethnic and inter-communal conflicts, sexual
and gender based violence, contraband and smuggling of goods. While we
have had a decline in traffic related crimes, there is need for focused
attention to reduce our road carnage, and the threats associated with
the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
62. To counter
these security challenges, the government implemented a number of
strategies including the setting up of an inter-agency coordination
unit; the enhancement of security vigilance; and community
63. We continue to provide resources for the
modernisation of the security agencies. This year, we increased the
police operational fleet by 1200 vehicles, bringing about a total of
2,400 vehicles made available in the last two years – more than has been
provided since independence. We have created a single command structure
in counties that has improved command and control. We have also gone a
long way to improving our investigative capacity by establishing a
Forensic Lab which will be equipped in the coming financial year. The
improvement in our Immigration Department is self-evident. The
management of our entry and exit, which have been vulnerable, is
improving steadily. In the next fortnight, Kenyans will be enabled to
apply for their passports online, and visitors will make online visa
64. Although, we have faced a delay in the
recruitment of 10,000 police officers, following a court process, we are
determined to complete this recruitment before the end of the financial
year. This is in line with my administration’s plan to increase the
force by 10,000 recruits annually.
65. Further, legislative and
policy initiatives over the last few months, including an overhaul of
our security framework through the Security Laws (Amendment) Act 2014,
and the adoption of a national counter radicalisation strategy, have
transformed the legal and policy landscape. We now have a robust and
far-reaching legal framework to counter the current threats relating to
terrorism. This will go a long way in safeguarding the lives and
property of Kenyans and our visitors. In this respect, I wish to express
my gratitude to this House for passing this significant legislation.
66. These efforts have led to an increased tempo in operations. We are
detecting, disrupting and preventing attacks on our people and
67. The recent appointment of new leadership in key
strategic and operational positions in a number of security organs
offers an opportunity to inject new ideas and drive that are much needed
for the capacity and morale of our personnel.
68. It is
imperative that the synergy and improving performance emerging from the
security sector be sustained. The on-going police vetting process has
taken too long and is now having a negative impact on the overall reform
agenda in the police. It is leading to low morale, affecting command
and control and therefore our ability to provide security. For these
reasons, I call upon this House to urgently reflect on a more effective
way to vet in line with the objectives and spirit of the reform process.
69. The state of the national economy, our public safety and security,
and our international standing depend fundamentally on our ability to
secure this nation on a sustainable basis. Our vigilance and efforts
must, therefore, remain strong. It is for this reason that I have put
every security organ on high alert and ensured substantial additional
resources to this sector.
70. I, in turn, expect a corresponding
commitment by these agencies to secure this nation. I also call upon
every Kenyan to take up their civic duty to cooperate with the security
actors in the effort to secure our motherland.
71. Drawing on our history and recognising the dangers of disunity, our
Constitution in Article 10 spells out the value of national unity,
inclusiveness and cohesion as fundamental to our national character.
72. As heirs to a great freedom-fighting tradition, bearing the sacred
trust of past, present and future generations, we are called to observe
and realise these values.
73. We are grateful for the
contribution of our forefathers who fought for independence, many paying
the ultimate price, and for those who have led our nation for the last
half-century. In that time, our economy has grown; we have been an
island of peace; a haven for refugees; and our nationhood has acquired
74. Our experience as a people over this time,
however, is also laced with moments of pain and suffering. We started
our existence as a nation seeking to establish our sovereignty and
territorial integrity. In the course of this struggle, lives were lost,
property was destroyed and civilians suffered.
75. To this day,
we are still plagued by painful memories of unresolved murders, the
existence of torture chambers and detentions without trial; events such
as the Wagalla tragedy; and violence against the proponents of expanding
our democratic space; and all actions that have at times failed to
recognise the civil and human rights of Kenya’s citizens. These have
shaken the nation, excluded some Kenyans from the full promise of
citizenship, and fractured our national fabric.
76. We have been
witness to violence linked to elections, which has left many Kenyans
dead, maimed and dispossessed. In 2007-2008, this reached its most
tragic expression with the post-election violence that left 1,300
Kenyans dead and more than 650,000 displaced from their homes across the
77. Collectively, these incidents have disunited us and
held our people hostage to this tragic history by providing the
foundation and rationale for the cynical and destructive politics of
hate and division.
78. In an effort to confront this past, the
Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission undertook an inquiry into
past injustices. Their report is before this House, and I urge
Honourable members to process it without undue delay.
My Fellow Compatriots,
79. The government has made efforts to relieve the plight of victims,
particularly those of the post-election violence of 2007-2008. While
these efforts have been lauded internationally, most recently by an
African Union report that recognised that Kenya has set a positive
standard to be emulated, I recognise that it is impossible to fully
compensate for the loss of life and the magnitude of suffering.
80. Yesterday, I received the Report on the 2007/2008 Post Election
Violence Related Cases from the Office of the Director of Public
Prosecutions. A copy of which is annexed to my report on national
values. In all, there were 6,000 reported cases and 4,575 files opened.
It is the opinion of the Director of Public Prosecutions that there are
challenges to obtaining successful prosecutions. These challenges range
from inadequate evidence, inability to identity perpetrators, witnesses
fear of reprisals, and the general lack of technical and forensic
capacity at the time. Nonetheless, the Office of the Director of Public
Prosecutions recognises there were victims and recommends that these
cases be dealt with using restorative approaches.
81. We must
indeed recall our options are not limited to retributive justice. There
also exists the promise of restorative justice.
82. In many ways,
Kenyans and humanity overall, have benefited from restorative justice,
an approach that is deeply rooted in our cultural and historical
realities, particularly when such conflicts have a communal and
political dimension. Many thousands of Kenyans have reached out to
reconcile with one another. My administration was forged from this
reconciliation, and is building on the efforts of the last government to
advance the resettlement, reconciliation and relief to internally
displaced people. I am committed to continuing these efforts as
83. Notwithstanding the recommendation of the TJRC
report, I have instructed the Treasury to establish a Fund of 10 billion
shillings over the next three years to be used for restorative justice.
This will provide a measure of relief and will underscore my
government’s goodwill. I have also established a state department
dedicated to strategic initiatives in marginalised and at-risk regions
and populations of our country. It is my hope that these measures will
go some way to bringing the nation together, as we reach for the
prosperity and security that is our common promise.
84. The time has come to bring closure to this painful past. …. The
time has come to allow ourselves the full benefit of a cohesive, unified
and confident Kenya, as we claim our future.
My Brothers and Sisters …
85. To move forward as one nation … I stand before you today on my own
behalf, that of my government and all past governments, to offer the
sincere apology of the Government of the Republic of Kenya to all our
compatriots for all past wrongs…
86. I seek your forgiveness and
may God give us the Grace to draw on the lessons of this history… to
unite as a people and, together … embrace our future as one people and
87. In moving forward to complete the noble work of
building our nation, we are reminded of the fundamental principles upon
which our prosperity will be built. Our national anthem calls us to
reflect on the power of peace; to recall the supreme value of freedom;
to believe, once more, in the beauty of service and brotherhood; to
aspire each day to the dignity that results from hard work, and to
contend for the hope that justice brings.
Fellow Kenyans, Honourable Members, Ladies and Gentlemen,
88. There is no doubt that Kenya is firmly on the path of
transformation. However, my administration and this nation are
confronted by both the reality and perception of pervasive corruption.
As I have stated previously, and as warrants emphasis, corruption is the
greatest threat to our security, fundamental rights and social-economic
89. I share in the frustration of Kenyans at
the slow pace and lack of results from the mechanisms created to help us
tackle with this monster.
90. When I spoke to the Nation on the
eve of the New Year, I assured Kenyans that in 2015, my administration
will deal firmly with corruption.
91. I have continuously
engaged with all institutions charged with the responsibility to deal
with corruption, and firmly expressed my expectations, and the people’s
desire, that their respective mandates are executed robustly, urgently
and without fear or favour.
92. I pledged my administration’s
full support, as well as my own personal support, to any actions that
will reverse the course of this cancer eating at the soul of our
motherland. Rather than unite against this common enemy of our people,
these institutions have elected to be mired in personal and
institutional conflicts that have chipped away at their legitimacy and
brought disrepute to the State.
93. From the commission charged
with the responsibility in the fight against corruption, Parliament’s
premier oversight committee, the corridors of justice, and the security
organs charged with the safety of this nation, Kenyans are witness to
the betrayal of their trust.
94. When our Treasury was processing
our first sovereign bond, this country was forced to settle a foreign
court judgement to pay shadowy entities 1.4 billion Kenya shillings.
When I addressed the nation on this matter, I pledged that my government
would do everything in its power to ensure that we recover all that was
due to the Republic. From that moment, I took a personal interest and
asked to be briefed on a regular basis of the progress on Anglo Leasing
related investigations. My administration also supported the
investigating authorities in obtaining support from a number of friendly
95. These investigations bore fruit.
However, obstacles have appeared threatening the prosecution of the
perpetrators. The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission is now embroiled
in infighting and finger-pointing, a state of affairs likely to cripple
the investigative capacity of the institution with the likely outcome
of subverting the course of justice. From reports I have received, I
strongly believe that this is a further attempt to subvert the
successful prosecution of the Anglo Leasing cases.
96. As I have
indicated, constitutional officer holders, State Officers and every
public servant, are bound by the values enshrined in our Constitution.
They are required to uphold the highest standards of personal integrity
in the discharge of their official functions.
97. In view of the
oath of office that I took as the President of this republic, let it be
known that today I draw the line. No one will stand between Kenyans and
what is right in the fight against corruption and other monstrous
98. I have asked the Attorney General to liaise
with the Council on Administration of Justice to focus on coordination
within the Justice, Law and Order sector. The Council must ensure the
efficient and speedy processing of corruption-related cases, including
hearing such cases on a daily basis.
99. I direct the Attorney
General to review the legislative and policy framework to ensure the
effective discharge of Constitutional imperatives related to integrity.
100. Three weeks ago, I issued Executive Order Number Six (6) on Ethics
and Integrity in the Public Service. In it, I directed any civil
servants to get in touch with my Office should they receive any pressure
to engage in unethical or illegal conduct regardless of the status of
person pressuring them to do so. I want to reiterate this personal
commitment, which is also provided for in the Constitution.
The latest report I have received from the Ethics and Anti Corruption
Commission contains a catalogue of allegations of high-level corruption
touching on all arms and levels of Government. It is the view of the CEO
of the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission that the institution and
especially its Secretariat are under siege because of the nature of the
cases they are currently investigating. I know that Parliament is seized
of this matter and urge them to deal with it expeditiously.
Today, I take the extra-ordinary step of attaching the afore-mentioned
confidential report from the CEO of the Ethics and Anti Corruption
Commission as an annex to my annual report on Values to Parliament.
(b) Consequently, I hereby direct that all Officials of the National and
County governments that are adversely mentioned in this report, whether
you are a Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary, or Chief Executive of
a state institution, to immediately step aside pending conclusion of
the investigations of the allegations against them. I expect the other
arms of Government, namely the Legislature and the Judiciary, to do the
(c) The investigating authority must ensure that the Director
of Public Prosecutions has received the subject files without delay.
(d) I also want to caution that this should not be an open-ended
process, justice must be expeditious, as justice delayed is justice
denied. Therefore, this exercise should be concluded within the next 60
(e) Let me reiterate that it is not my place to determine
the guilt or otherwise of any of the people mentioned in the said report
or any other. However, the time has come to send a strong signal to the
country that my administration will accept nothing less than the
highest standard of integrity from those that hold high office.
102. In view of Parliament’s oversight role, and its representation of
the people, I would be remiss not to express the disquiet caused by
recent events that cast aspersions on Parliament. As a previous Member, I
urge you, Honourable Members, to take all measures to urgently restore
the dignity and integrity of Parliament. This is essential for an
institution whose effective performance is a cornerstone of our
103. The war on corruption will not be won unless all
arms and levels of government play their role and uphold the highest
levels of integrity and act decisively against any perpetrator of
104. There is no challenge, no
obstacle that is too great for us to overcome. An indomitable Kenyan
spirit has seen this Nation secure its freedom and grow from small
beginnings to become a vibrant democratic and multicultural society that
is on an unstoppable path towards even greater progress and prosperity,
as well as standing bold and strong in the face of seemingly
105. My administration will continue
to personify this indomitable Kenyan spirit. Our commitment to Kenya
remains the same: to bring about fundamental positive change in all
areas of our national life, in a sustainable and irreversible manner,
across the length and breadth of the entire Country, without regard to
gender, age, religion, colour or ethnicity.
106. Our Beloved
Nation is well on the path to greater heights. Through our collective
effort, our democracy is growing and maturing while our fundamental
rights and freedoms are entrenched and safe. The social, economic, and
political gains that have been made are cemented and are now
irreversible. While a lot of hard work still remains to be done we have a
lot to be proud of, a lot to be grateful for.
Honourable Speakers, Ladies and Gentlemen,
107. The state of the Nation is strong. Let the love for our Country be
our guiding light in all that we do. God bless you and God Bless Kenya.
108. It is now my pleasure to submit to Parliament, the Annual Report
on the State of National Security and the Report on Measures Taken and
Progress Achieved in the Realisation of the National Values; and to the
National Assembly, the report on the Progress Made in Fulfilling our
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