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Opposition lambaste weak state address by Uhuru

28 March 2014, 08:00 William Korir

Nairobi - Members of the opposition were equivocal in their thumbs down to president Uhuru Kenyatta in what they termed a weak state of the nation address.

The president was expected to offer his solutions and plans to help reduce rising insecurity, the high cost of living and corruption in the country during his speech in Parliament Thursday.

But in the eyes of the opposition, he failed to.

Minority leader in the Senate Moses Wetangula was especially disappointed with what he described as a shallow speech lacking in substance from the head of state.

" It was disappointing. We expected to hear a strong resolution from the president on issues that urgently need to be dealt with but he only spoke in passing, he complained.

" Where is the resolve to change the lives of Kenyans? He passed through issues such as insecurity and the high cost of living without saying much or adding value, it was a let down, he added.

Others too were of the same opinion, with Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo also highly disappointed.

" I did not expect much from the president but he really should have dealt with the cost of living which is a big issue, but he did not, he said.

Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba was also of the opinion that the president under-achieved in his speech.

" It was vague. It was very passive and did not say much, he said.

" He did not really hit the nail on the head and that I must say was disappointing. We hoped he would have a say on serious issues such as insecurity but he did not, he added. 

As too was Mombasa senator Omar Hassan.

" He should have been more to the point and spoken more vividly about some issues such as the high cost of living. He did not do much to address the pending issues and you feel we have not moved a step from where we were, he said.

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