President Kenyatta: Kenya on the right path
01 January 2014, 11:31
Nairobi - Here is president Uhuru Kenyatta's new year message to Kenyans. (Courtesy PSCU)
I am pleased to send you this goodwill message and New Year Greetings.
We thank God for the year ending.
It is the year in which we put our detractors to shame by
holding a peaceful and successful election, a year in which we ushered
in devolution, and a year in which we celebrated the golden jubilee of
We had tough challenges along the
way, but we had the resolve to tackle them in order to deliver improved
lives to our people as outlined in our Jubilee manifesto.
We look to 2014 with great enthusiasm and optimism.
Jamhuri Day I committed to national unity as one of my driving
objectives, and so in 2014 my Administration will pursue a theme of
“Reconciliation and Unity towards inclusive growth”.
is important for us as a nation. Coming out of the Christmas period, it
details the message, “Love your neighbour as you love yourself” and “Do
unto others what you would have them do to you.
Last year, my Administration launched a number of projects that form the plank of the Jubilee manifesto.
maternity services have moved our country closer to achieving
Millennium Development Goal Number 5 on improving maternal health and
eased the pain of childbirth for many mothers.
It has also greatly improved our monitoring of HIV prevalence.
Our laptops programme for primary entry children will begin in earnest in the coming weeks.
Thousands of jobs will come on stream as the construction of the standard gauge railway gets underway in earnest from Mombasa.
more jobs are on the way as our programme to irrigate one million acres
of land becomes a reality, starting in Tana River and Kilifi Counties.
In 2014, the Jubilee manifesto will come alive.
of shillings of investment in our energy sector will also start pouring
in this year, raising the ante on our plan to add 5,000 megawatts of
electricity on the national grid in the next 36 months, and to lower
electricity prices by at least 50 per cent in that period.
The Jubilee Coalition is committed to inclusive growth and improving the lives of all our people.
it takes to do so – be it by legislation or policy that transforms our
political, economic or social structures to accelerate growth – we shall
Access to education, clean water, health services – these are imperatives that our people should and must have access to.
As an Administration, our primary responsibility is security of our people and their property.
the last quarter of 2013 we launched two major policing initiatives –
one in which the communities are deeply involved, “Nyumba Kumi”, and the
second, a technology-driven strategic operation, including the use of
CCTV in the streets of our major cities and towns, and broadband
connectivity at border points.
We have invested
heavily in surveillance equipment and in vehicles, which we believe will
help drive crime away from our shores.
That said, let me remind all of us that security is a shared responsibility.
All of us have a role to play in ensuring safety for all Kenyans. All of us must commit to the rule of law.
New Year should see further progress in our agenda to ensure free
movement of persons in eastern Africa and greater integration on the
We will continue to work with our neighbours in East Africa to drive that agenda.
will also work to help each other, as east African countries, to
resolve security challenges that may crop up from time to time.
As you are already aware, we as a region are hard at work resolving the crisis in South Sudan.
our partners in IGAD, we have appointed special envoys to seek a
negotiated settlement of the crisis and to protect the fledgling
democracy in Africa's youngest nation.
It is a task that we are committed to seeing to complete fruition.
salute our men and women in uniform, as well as all others, involved in
evacuating Kenyans from South Sudan and delivering emergency supplies.
also salute our men and women in uniform involved in peace-keeping and
peace-enforcement around the world, especially those with AMISOM in
We are safe if our region is safe.
I call on all Kenyans to play their part in making our shared dream of growth and prosperity a reality.
of us should partner with the National and County Governments as we
seek to implement the various Vision 2030 projects and programmes. I,
for one, believe we can achieve the goals of Vision 2030 a decade
As we move forward, I urge all leaders to
pursue a brand of politics that helps to improve the welfare of the
citizens of this country.
We must avoid parochial and
divisive politics, and embrace a national culture that will define us
positively in the next 50 years and beyond.
Our national agenda must be progressive, issue-based and people-centred.
the part of the Government, we will encourage mature and responsible
engagement among leaders; among the three arms of the Government and
between Business and Government.
I wish you all a happy and blessed 2014.
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