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Kenyans urged to embrace 'Nyumba Kumi '

21 October 2013, 09:27PSCU

Nairobi - Kenyans have been urged to embrace the recently announced 10 households initiative dubbed 'Nyumba Kumi ' to boost security in the country.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said the model, which requires people to know at least 10 households around their residences, would help in exposing criminals.

Saying security is the shared mandate of all Kenyans, the President called for vigilance at all times.

"It will be a great betrayal for anyone of us to pretend oblivion while next door, someone is assembling bombs, hoarding illegal weapons, or detaining a kidnapped child," he said.

The President spoke today at Nyayo National Stadium when he led Kenyans in marking this year's Mashujaa Day. During the occasion, he launched the Kenya @ 50 Celebration Calendar of activities that will commemorate the country's 50 years of independence.

He said the Government is vigilant and has invested heavily in the security forces to enable them to deter and contain all forms of violence and crimes.

"Let us do all we can to protect our country, our people and our prosperity. In doing so, let us realize the holistic scope of our security threats and work on each accordingly," the President said.

He added: "We want to be a country at peace with itself, and with its neighbours. From time to time, therefore, we may be required to intervene externally to keep our country and our neighbours safe."

On the economy, the President said his administration has started executing the Second Medium Term Plan of Vision 2030 that would remove barriers to affordability of basic commodities to make life bearable to all Kenyans.

"My Government has put in place incentives to ensure that producers make Kenya food-secure in the shortest time possible," the President said.

He warned of stern action against unscrupulous traders who hike prices under the pretext of VAT and directed relevant Government agencies to guard against such mischief.

As Government scales up efforts to improve the standard of living in the country, the President appealed to all Kenyans to shun tribalism and unite in the realization of national development targets.

He stressed that without unity and national cohesion, no meaningful progress would be achieved.

"With one accord, and united in a common bond, let us build this nation. Let a glorious Kenya be the fruit of our collective labour, which will fill all Kenyan hearts with thanksgiving," he said.

He added: "As we clearly stated in our manifesto, we believe in one Kenya; a Kenya where every citizen, whoever they are, wherever they live, will have the same opportunity to succeed and prosper free of discrimination -open or hidden."

The President said his administration will actively promote policies that make Kenyans more cohesive and create opportunities for all. He said the Jubilee Coalition's aim is to end ethnic tensions and rivalry by entrenching inclusivity.

The President affirmed his full commitment to the implementation of the Constitution. He called on Kenyans to join hands in entrenching constitutional freedoms, full implementation of Devolution and the observance of integrity in public institutions.

Speaking during the cerebrations, Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario said a prepared Heroes Bill would cater for the welfare of all heroes and heroines in the country once Parliament passes it.

Nairobi Governor, Evans Kidero asked Kenyans to re-dedicate their efforts to serving the nation in their different capacities as a way of celebrating the country's independence and rich diversity.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta was among several dignitaries and Kenyans from all walks of life who attended the Nyayo Stadium Mashujaa fete.

Later, the President and the First Lady hosted a colourful garden party for senior Government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps and other invited guests at State House, Nairobi.

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