Kenyans expect graft, cost of living to feature in Uhuru address

March 31, 2016 3:20 pm
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Those who spoke to Capital FM News stated that despite the government's efforts in identifying corrupt individuals, a lot more should be done to ensure they are held accountable for their actions/FILE
Those who spoke to Capital FM News stated that despite the government’s efforts in identifying corrupt individuals, a lot more should be done to ensure they are held accountable for their actions/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 31 – Kenyans want President Uhuru Kenyatta to focus on how his government is handling the war on corruption and the country’s economy during his State of The Nation address Thursday afternoon.

Those who spoke to Capital FM News stated that despite the government’s efforts in identifying corrupt individuals, a lot more should be done to ensure they are held accountable for their actions.

Overview
  • President Kenyatta will deliver a State of The Nation address in Parliament where he will outline the achievements of the Jubilee government over the last one year.
  • In the last State of the Nation address, the President declared war on corruption and tabled before Parliament the list of shame which he said was to form the basis of the fight against graft.

“He should address the corruption issue. It is something everybody is seeing,” said Brian Omondi, a businessman in Nairobi.

“We would like to see the issue of corruption addressed and action taken on all those who looted public property to be imprisoned,” he stated.

Salima Ahmed who is a hawker stated that stringent action should be taken against any corrupt individual.

“A lot of focus needs to be placed on corruption so that you do not just mention someone and then no action is taken. If someone is caught, he should be taken to court and be made to return the loot to the public coffers,” she said.

Others also want President Kenyatta to address the high cost of living in the country.

“The price of commodities like food has gone up to a high degree. They hiked the price of soda by Sh10 and the way the sun is hot nowadays, we cannot even afford it and we are suffering because of dehydration,” stated Edward Ouma.

“When we were choosing him, he told us the laptop project would be in place in a year’s time. The term of this government is almost ending and I have not heard of any school having a laptop.”

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero also indicated that the issue of cohesion and integration should form a major component of President Kenyatta’s speech.

Speaking during a courtesy call by Amani Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi, Kidero pointed out that the country needs to be united and the government should focus on how to being together all communities.

He stated that some leaders also have the habit of making remarks meant to incite the public and stressed the need for this to be stemmed.

“Kenyans especially Nairobi residents are saying that rather than emphasising on the things that bring us together, we are fanning those that divide us as a nation. The President should address this during his speech,” he said.

His sentiments were echoed by Mudavadi who emphasised the need for unity especially as the country gears up for the general elections next year.

“If we want to be together, we must embrace that national cohesion and integration and the capital city must lead by example. Any politician who would want to turn Nairobi into any enclave of a few then must be reminded that there are many other Kenyans. That kind of thinking must not be allowed to take root in our country,” he stated.

President Kenyatta will deliver a State of The Nation address in Parliament where he will outline the achievements of the Jubilee government over the last one year.

In the last State of the Nation address, the President declared war on corruption and tabled before Parliament the list of shame which he said was to form the basis of the fight against graft.

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