, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 31 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga has sent a message of goodwill with promises of improved governance in 2011.
Speaking at his Karen home on Friday, the Premier asked Kenyans to mark the end of 2010 and beginning of the New Year with hope.
"As all Kenyans across the country and beyond gather with family and friends, I want to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year 2011", he said.
He said despite the challenges that 2010 provided for many Kenyans the country must look back on this year with the knowledge that brighter days are ahead.
Mr Odinga thanked Kenyans for standing in unity and reaffirming their commitment to taking Kenya to a new level through voting in a new constitution that promises better governance.
He said the new constitution marked a turning point in Kenya\’s history which is the most important event that had eluded that country for many years.
He further said the country is earnestly focused on the implementation of the new laws.
Mr Odinga explained that new constitution will be effective in the fight against corruption and other vices affecting the society like drug peddling, noting that the government has stepped up the battle against the social impieties.
He noted that corruption continued to soil the governments\’ reputation and called on Kenyans to support the war on graft and stop interfering with the government\’s efforts to root it out.
At the same time, the Premier said that the government was committed to ensuring that the economy achieves and surpasses the ten per cent growth rate to enable the country achieve the aspirations of vision 2030.
He said the youth have also been strongly factored in the development agenda through the Youth Empowerment Programme which is also supported by the World Bank.
Mr Odinga promised that the government will ensure that youth and women are empowered to enable them play their rightful role in national building.