Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga has pleaded with president Uhuru Kenyatta to save Kenya from terrorists.
The CORD leader, speaking during the second edition of the devolution conference 2015 in Kisumu stated that the country is losing its place among the continent's best places to live because of the problems with security.
He called on the president to deal with the issues affecting the country's police force such as corruption and laxity and save Kenyans.
" Mr president, we ask why it took so long to take Recce squad to Garissa to save our children. Why were there too many mistakes made. Why have we not learnt from the future?," he said.
He also asked the president to ensure that those found guilty of aiding terrorism be dealt with accordingly.
" We ask that you save Kenya Mr president. Kenya needs you to take control," he added.
Here is the full speech read by Raila.
One of the amazing achievements of democracy is how its fruits trickle down to supporters and opponents alike.
Those who voted for or against the constitution have equal chance to
benefit from its fruits. It is the story of Devolution in Kenya.
may debate how the counties are being governed. But there can be no
doubt that voters want their counties to be supported and strengthened,
not wound up or undermined.
Devolution has many challenges.
Corruption cartels have commandeered many county governments.
Unrepentant believers in the old order are fighting devolved units in
the false hope that they can reverse the clock.
Some elected leaders have confused their oversight role with execution, pitting county assemblies against county executives.
Some of the County governments are too tiny to benefit from economies
of scale. Nearly all county governments are serving populations
grounded in decades of poverty. Many sectors with direct impact on
citizens have not been fully devolved. Although Health is devolved, it
has serious challenges with regard to funding and personnel.
Agriculture and infrastructure are not fully devolved, but people expect
the County governments to deliver on them. In these partially devolved
areas, County and National Government Development plans are creating
conflicting priorities, confusion and unclear visions.Some counties are
bogged down by tribal and clan tension. Nearly all county governments
are sagging under the weight of expectations. Voters expected that
services that had stalled for fifty years in infrastructure, healthcare,
tourism, agriculture and employment would take off immediately under
By and large however, Devolution is changing our
country in ways few imagined. There have been loud concerns about
corruption. The activities of some members of the County Assemblies and
County Executives have been seen as pushing greed and impunity to new
levels, sparking off protests.
But there is a positive side to the
protests. They indicate that the people are taking control of their
destiny. In the days of the old order, nobody questioned the PC, the DC
or the DO. Too few knew what had been allocated for their development.
Development was what the DC or PC said. Devolution has come with a new
boss; the people. Development is what the people say it should be.
The National Government has handed over more powers to politicians and
institutions elsewhere in Migori, Muranga, Mombasa, Turkana, Kericho,
Bomet and elsewhere. What we do with those powers are absolutely up to
Results are trickling everywhere.
In Turkana, they have cut
distance to the hospital from 55 kilometres to 35 kilometres in two
years. Turkana increased education bursaries from Kshs 150 million to
Kshs 300 million in the current financial year. At no one time in the
last 50 years did the Government of Kenya allocate such amount of money
to the education of Turkana children.
Rural Health Services that
long suffered inadequate financing; dilapidated physical facilities;
unreliable supply of drugs; absence of adequate medical equipment; and
shortage of qualified medical staff have changed.
Nearly every village has access ambulance services from their county government.
In Kisii, each of the nine sub county hospitals has a state-of-the-art
ambulance operated by qualified paramedics. This has boosted referral of
critical cases by over 340 per cent. Referral of pregnant mothers has
increased by 300 per cent. This story is replicated allover the
country.Kisii Town is now a 24 hour town after the County Government
installed 300 solar lights.
In Arid Marsabit County where water is
life literally, the County Government has drilled 26 boreholes in the
last two years against less than 15 boreholes drilled by national
Government in the last 50 years. A slaughter house is coming up for the
first time since independence.
Mombasa County’s School Milk Program
has seen over 27,000 children from all the public Nursery and lower
primary from class1-3 get school milk 5 days a week. The focus here is
to improve nutrition which if not addressed in childhood leads to
stunting and low prospects in later life. It is also meant to enhance
the transition rate from home to ECD and from ECD to primary school.
The planned water desalination plant by county government will solve a
long standing problem that should have been addressed decades ago.
The Muranga Integrated Development Day, incorporating the Muranga
Investments Cooperative and Muranga Child Can are pace setters.
Despite the problems the leadership is going through, the amount of
talent and capacity the county has put together indicate something worth
looking forward to.
We are witnessing regional growth and
enterprise outside of Nairobi and the traditional “high potential”
areas. Yes, people are still heading to Nairobi for jobs. But millions
are instead heading to the county governments.
Kenya's economy has
withstood the shocks coming from insecurity partly because of the
investments going on in counties and the promise of these counties. For
the first time in our history, we are looking at the possibility of an
economy firing on all cylinders.
The point that was missed by the
political elite for too long; that we need to rebalance our economy away
from its overreliance on the National Government is slowly beginning to
We are beginning to realize that we have other strengths too
in other places and that there is actually no low potential part of
Despite problems, Devolution has put Kenya on right course,
in line with trends in the world; strong economies, built on
semi-autonomous and interdependent regions. It is the story of Germany,
the US, India, UK.It is a story all Kenyans have bought. If you doubt,
just try abolishing a county.
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