, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 2 – Corruption, insecurity and the ailing health sector top the list of key issues Kenyans want the government to address this year.
Members of the public who spoke to Capital FM News on Friday said they want government officials accused of corruption to be prosecuted and illegally acquired wealth repossessed.
“The corrupt people should be arrested if the government is serious,” Ronald Ombisi, a resident of Nairobi said.
Another attributed the ailing economy to corruption. “We want the money reclaimed; NYS and Eurobond money should be reclaimed and channelled to better use.”
They urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to push on with the war against graft and ensure all those found guilty don’t serve in the public sector again to deter the vice.
“The president has already started the war, the push should continue until we are free from the vice,” another who sought anonymity said.
Roselyn Wambui said she wants the government to improve the status of the Kenyatta National Hospital more so, “the accident and emergency department. The situation there is appalling.”
The County Government of Nairobi was also put on spot “because of garbage and poor infrastructure. The main roads are okay but when you go far off let’s say to Nairobi West the state of roads is appalling and it’s dirty. ”
Although there has been a significant improvement in the security sector, Kenyans want more measures put in place to seal all loopholes while investing more on intelligence gathering.
“The government should invest largely on intelligence and ensure information is acted on every time is received,” another said.
In his New Year message, President Kenyatta said Kenya is a stronger nation despite the challenges faced in 2015, where he appealed to all Kenyans to help restore the country’s national pride.
“Together, we have worked hard towards the promise of a truly free, peaceful and prosperous Kenya. Together, we have continued to entrench the value of patriotism, integrity and hard work and to strengthen our commitment to a just, transparent, accountable and inclusive society.”
President Kenyatta highlighted major events that placed the country at the centre of the global spotlight that included hosting US President Barrack Obama and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, the visit by Pope Francis to the country as well as hosting the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference.
“Besides the three major events, Kenya, earlier in the year won the World Athletic Championships in Beijing, and also sent doctors and paramedics to West Africa to combat the deadly Ebola virus. In this and many more ways in 2015 we were as a country able to shine. We must, therefore, enter 2016 in a spirit of standing up for Kenya and saying no to negativity, parochialism and engaging in small talk,” he added.