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Uhuru talks big on corruption, Shabaab in Madaraka Day speech

01 June 2015, 16:45 William Korir

Nairobi - President Uhuru 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.

The Madaraka Day celebrations mark Kenya's ascension into self rule from colonial administration. It was held at the Nyayo National Stadium Nairobi.

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