Kenyans want action, not promises from Uhuru
26 March 2015, 13:03
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta will address the nation in parliament buildings in his State of the Nation speech Thursday, but what really do Kenyans want to hear?
The president is expected to speak on a number of issues, ranging from corruption, insecurity, cost of living and predictably, the government's plans as he marks two years in office.
The president will put pressure on MPs to clear their name of corruption allegations that have dogged the house in recent times and have those found guilty punished.
He will also call on grand corruption in government to be curtailed.
He will furthermore state his displeasure with the incidences of rape and sexual harassment that have dogged the house and ask that punishment be meted out on the guilty parties.
The president will also speak on the threat of bandits as well as terrorists in the north Eastern part of the country and urge Kenyans to be vigilant and security agencies to work hard.
On matters of cost of living, the president will state that Kenyans will benefit from reduced cost of power, as well as food and fuel.
He will also reiterate the government's willingness to aid Kenyans grow, fund the youth to be better and create jobs.
But is that what Kenyans want to hear?
" Kenyans do not want to hear, they want to see action taken, Mercy Gakumu," a Nairobi based teacher says.
" The president has spoken before. He spoke a year ago. We want action now; the time for empty talk is over," she adds, stating that she has been disappointed with the current government.
Others feel that the president does not want to fight grand corruption, as there are yet to be any people charged over such matters despite the high number of scandals.
" He will speak, then we will go home and next year he will return to say the same things. We are used to it," John Kimani, a mechanic in Kawangware says.
" I voted for the current government but all we see is corruption, rape, increased cost of living and impunity of the highest order. I am frankly tired," he adds.
Micheal Juma, a stock broker in the city says he will listen to the president but does not expect much.
" I will listen in but frankly do not know whether to expect much or not. I will hope but the reality is that much needs to be done to change the way the nation is going," he says.
" The cost of doing business is rising in the country. If he could reduce that, then there would be more jobs and more opportunities.
" Will he quell that? I doubt it.
Well then Mr President; actions speak louder than words, Kenyans believe.
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