CORD’s New Year message to Kenyans

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BY RAILA ODINGA and KALONZO MUSYOKA

History is full of nations that once realised they were on the decline then embarked on deliberate efforts at re-engineering, rediscovery and redesign to emerge tops again.

It is also full of nations that embraced denial and false sense of greatness as permanent companions and ended down and out, overtaken by those they once held in scorn and low esteem.

It is our hope, dream and prayer that in 2015, hand in hand, as Opposition, Government and citizens, we can walk together to make Kenya one nation that redesigned and reengineered itself and found its path back to greatness out of terrifying challenges.

We express this hope and hold fast to this dream well aware that we begin 2015 almost exactly where we were at this time in 2014.

But we also made some significant strides in 2014 that made us hold pour heads high as citizens of Kenya. Our athletes, as usual, won great victories at great contests. Our medical personnel went all out to keep the deadly Ebola at bay, at least until now.

We remain deeply proud of our teaching force, the teachers who in 2014 delivered to form four the first batch of the beneficiaries of the Free Primary Education. We know they did this against monumental odds. When FPE was launched in 2003, it was the kind of stuff seen to be destined for failure.

Outnumbered significantly, our dedicated teachers all the same rolled up their sleeves and ensured the system succeeded. That the teachers were able to pull this through is a reminder of how much we can achieve as a nation and as citizens if we decide to give our best efforts to our country. We congratulate our teachers and the candidates who sat KCSE in 2014, wishing them luck and blessings in 2015.

We remain proud of our soldiers, the KDF, for the solid work in Somalia and wish them and their families well over this New Year period and beyond.

A number of challenges stand in our way as we begin this year. A great majority of our citizens are unsure of their security, where the next meal will come from and whether they will afford school fees with the ever-rising cost of living, whether the title deed to the land they live on has been forged by somebody else.

Maize, sugarcane and tea farmers are going through a difficult time as a result of low pay.

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