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President Kenyatta puts drug dealers on notice

03 June 2013, 10:17 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has put sellers of drugs, alcohol and substances to youth on notice.

In his message to the Nation during the 50th Madaraka Day celebrations, President Kenyatta said, the government is committed to protecting the youth from injurious influences and lifestyles that compromise their health and future.

“We must invest in the health and well-being of our youth in whom the future of our country is embodied. We shall not allow you to ruin these young lives and deny our country the bright future we are working for,” said the President.

The President warned that the government had resolved to deal with these merchants of destruction.

On security, President Kenyatta said that the government is determined to improve security across the country in order to attract investments, lower the cost of doing business and provide Kenyans with a more secure living and working environment.

The President noted recent insecurity incidents and said that more security officers have been deployed in vulnerable areas, adding that the officers are equipped to deal with emerging threats.

President Kenyatta said that the ongoing police reforms are bearing fruit, with the intention to ensure that an efficient, well equipped, motivated and responsive police service that will serve the nation impartially and firmly deal with criminals is in place.

“I call upon the general public to partner with the police by providing information that may lead to the arrest and prosecution of criminals,” President Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta said to enhance security, KES 4 billion has been set aside for the procurement of modern security equipment each year for the next five years.

“The government has also proposed KES 4.5 billion for enhanced security operations, KES 1.5 billion for crime research and investigation and KES 3 billion for financing the leasing of motor vehicles and fueling them for operations,” said President Kenyatta.

“I assure all Kenyans that I will not rest until every Kenyan feels safe and secure. To the students, teachers and parents in Bungoma, to my fellow citizens in Mathare, to Kenyans in Tana River, and to citizens across the land, we will defend you and ensure your safety and freedom” the President added.

The President also pledged to stop corruption and impunity saying, “For many years now, some public servants, business people, professionals and even average Kenyans have engaged in corruption on such a regular basis that it seems to have become acceptable. This must stop.”

The President pointed out that corruption does not only degrade the moral fabric of the society but it also causes immense suffering to people, adding that it also compromises government’s ability to provide effective and efficient services to its people, jeopardizing the nation’s future.  

“I call upon all Kenyans to join hands in this fight by obeying the law at all times and practicing integrity in all your endeavors. This battle will be won only when we all do that which is morally right. Let us report corruption when we witness it and hold our leaders accountable in regard to the use of resources,” President Kenyatta said.

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