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Insecurity to top Uhuru's State of the nation adress

27 March 2014, 13:50 William Korir

Nairobi - An unsafe Kenya will be high on the to say list for president Uhuru Kenyatta when he makes his state of the nation address in parliament.

The president will officially mark one year in power under the Jubilee government umbrella with an address that will be keenly listened to by Kenyans.

There have been successes in the last one year under Uhuru's stewardship, with an improving development agenda top of it but the negatives have far outweighed the positives.

Insecurity and graft have dominated most of the president's addresses in the public domain and Kenyans will want a stern note from him when he steps up to speak.

Kenya has felt increasingly insecure over the last 12 months, with terror attacks, armed robberies, carjackings and break-ins the name of the game in the country.

There has also been an increased activity in poaching and police indecisiveness which has seen Kenyans cry out for a statement of intent.

" Kenya needs a statement of intent from the president. He needs to take the bull by the horns, not just wallow over them as has been, Mike Murua a Nairobi resident said.

His sentiments have been backed by the opposition and civil society who have upped the ante with increased attacks on what they term an underwhelming executive.

" The president has to lift his game and handle the issue with insecurity decisively, Senate minority leader and CORD principal Moses Wetangula quipped.

The churches too have joined in the choruses of boos, in the wake of yet another attack on a religious installation that left many dead and scores injured.

" We are being attacked left right and centre. Now even the church is unsafe, where do we go to, Sylvia Muguri, a lecturer said.

In recent times, there have been bullish remarks from the president over the state of security in the country, the most recent which stated the government's stand on insecurity at the coast.

" The government will not tolerate insecurity and disturbance of peaceful Kenyans' lives. Action is being taken on the perpetrators, he said.

Kenyans though will want more than a speech to detail his feelings, they will want real action taken and real consequences felt on the ground.

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