, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 20 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged those spreading the negative image of Kenyans abroad to desist from such actions.
Kenyatta said their intentions would not succeed as Kenya was a united country.
“These actors have positioned themselves as the gatekeepers and interpreters of Kenya in various capitals. If they were to succeed, they would so completely rob us of faith in each other that we would put our destiny in the hands of unelected, unaccountable institutions that answer elsewhere,” said the President.
The President further urged Kenyans to remain vigilant and guard their sovereignty against individuals set on undermining the sovereignty of the Nation.
Speaking when he presided over the fifth Mashujaa Day celebrations at the Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi President Kenyatta said the Government will from now on demand for transparency from all institutions that mobilise resources the same way public institutions account for the use of allocated resources.
The President insisted that accountability was necessary because it was going to help the country monitor funding of activities like terrorism that undermine progress in the country.
“Their funding and activities must be uncovered at all times to put a stop to their campaign to kill innocent Kenyan civilians and the brave members of our security forces,” he said.
He said this as he celebrated the brave police officers, soldiers and civilians who risked their lives to save innocent people during the terrorist attack at the Westgate Shopping Mall last year which saw over 67 Kenyans lose their lives and many other maimed and millions of money lost following the destruction of property.
Some of the police officers included Chief Inspector Stephen Lelei, Sergeant Moses Emojong, and the late Lieutenant Joseph Mukoto Masulia.
According to the President such criminal networks fed on the disunity arising from local leaders whose constant negativity divides communities and causes false ethnic and religious antagonism.
The Head of State reassured Kenyans that the Government would increase measures to control incitement through legal means.
“We will insist – with every legal tool at my disposal – that the use of public pulpits by all leaders, teachers, preachers and imams be lawful and focused on building national cohesion’” he said.
And not steering away from politics, President Kenyatta asked politicians who only criticize the government to also give solutions to some of the problems ailing Kenyans.
“Unfortunately, too many of our leaders are masters at shouting at one another, seeking headlines more than real development, and using every ethnic and religious difference to try and split us apart,” he said.
While insisting that he encouraged a political market space, Kenyatta said leaders should instead focus on development rather than endless and unproductive politicking.
“The immense promise of Kenya will only be truly realized if we all insist that they change their ways and become masters of listening to one another,” said the President.
The Head of State said this year’s Mashujaa day celebrated the entrepreneurs who were rarely credited for the good work they do in building the nation.
“It is the prosperity they create which will allow us to offer the kind of education, health and security we all want for our children,” he said.
The President said the Government would do everything in its power to improve services and lower the cost of doing business to assist business owners to succeed.
The President said there were a multitude of unsung heroes whose everyday efforts bring progress and unity to families, communities and the nation at large.
He also recognized the efforts of the Kenyan sportsmen and women who have put the country on the world map by winning and Breaking world records in their various fields.
On his part, Deputy President William Ruto said Government plans to waive examination fees for KCPE and KCSE to accord children equal opportunity to study, excel and become the heroes and heroines of tomorrow.
The DP added that the Government has also increased free primary education and subsidized secondary school funding from Sh10 – Sh14 billion and Sh20-Sh28 billion respectively.
He thanked the country’s freedom fighters whose efforts created the country all Kenyans are proud of.
“We are indebted to them and our debt will only be paid when we unite and work together to create the heroes and heroines of tomorrow,” the Deputy President said.
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero welcomed the on-going restructuring of the National Youth Service (NYS) saying Nairobi City Government will work closely with them in execution of their new mandates.
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.