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Uhuru should stop talking and act, Kenyans say

02 June 2015, 12:47 William Korir

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta should stop talking and act on various issues affecting Kenyans, many members of the public interviewed during Madaraka Day have said.

The President gave a riveting speech Monday during the Madaraka Day celebrations at the Nyayo National Stadium where he said that his government will work as hard as ever to ensure issues such as insecurity, terrorism, the high cost of living as well as the biggest elephant in the room, corruption.

However, Kenyans were quick to state that the President has spoken in the same manner for the better part of the last two years but nothing has been done.

They feel that he should act once and for all and let Kenyans decide the rest for themselves.

Isaac Juma, PSV driver: " The President should act and stop talking on these issues. He is the one who can help it go away or remain and he should just move on and act.

Semeni Ngura, photographer: " We have heard this promises from the day they came into power and that has not changed. He should just make progress and let the talk come afterwards.

Judy Kaguru, student: " The President has done many things right but also very many things wrong and I believe that he should act on the wrong things to ensure Kenyans trust him.

Fiona Kamau, beautician: " I think that time for talk is over and he should just do something or say that he cannot. We are tired of the stories. Kenyans are ding and others are injured. We need actions.

Coleman Misanga, engineer: " The President must be serious now. He and the DP have been speaking and nothing has improved. We need to see results.

President Kenyatta spoke passionately about dealing with corruption in government as well as the Al Shabaab menace during his Madaraka Day speech.

The President was equivocal that his government was winning the war against corruption and that it would support all measures to see all individuals mentioned in issues graft dealt with conclusively.

He stated that the ongoing war against graft instituted by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commision EACC as well as other agencies would continue unabated and to the absolute end.

" Dear Kenyans on this Madaraka Day, I make a call to you to help the government deal with issues of corruption," he said.

" I call on every Kenyan, be you in the public sector or private sector, to reflect on the question of upholding the tenets of good governance."

" Today, I urge everyone to commit to turning over a new leaf and expel the culture of bribery, extortion, kickbacks and other conspiracies and contrivances against the public interest," he finished.

On issues of the Al Shabaab terror group and radicalization, the president stressed that his government was well on top of the situation and that solutions to deal with the menace are being sought.

" The issue with terrorism hurts me and the government more than you can imagine. The uncalled for loss of innocent lives must and will end," he said.

" My Government takes the matter seriously, and has already developed a major anti-radicalization programme. Very shortly, all security organs, national and county governments, civil-society groups, as well as faith based leaders, will begin to implement it," he added.

The president also stated that starting the new financial year, 40% of all goods and services used by the government must be locally produced or created, so as to offer Kenyans investment opportunities.

" We have very capable persons in our country that need a chance. They must be afforded one," he ordered.

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