, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 31 – President Uhuru Kenyatta’s written speech during the State of The Nation address had a strong call for constructive criticism of his government.
Before he began reading his speech on Thursday, his statement appeared to become even more appropriate when members of the Opposition ganged up to disrupt his speech.
When he got the opportunity, he called on members of the Opposition to feel free to fault his government – but beneficially.
“Today I invite the Opposition and the alternative society to liberally criticise my government’s agenda. But they must not criticise it as a sport, they must criticise it as owners of the covenant and provide alternatives,” he advised.
In his view, “criticism without alternatives is just a reckless sport” as it failed to point at how things can be improved or done differently to promote development.
President Kenyatta extended an olive branch to all his critics saying he was ready to entertain freedom of expression and speech especially when criticisms are followed up with solutions.
He cautioned against ‘reckless’ utterances that lack responsibility at the expense of causing disunity and insecurity in the country that faces a myriad of threats to peace and security.
“They must enjoy the new liberties with consciousness, responsibilities and faithfulness to the covenant because new found liberties have a way of promoting reckless… as you enjoy the liberties, we must remain true to the spirit of our nationhood, build bridges between divides instead of digging trenches,” he urged.
He used the opportunity to appeal to Kenyans especially leaders in their various capacities to ensure that their remarks are the ones that build than those that destroy Kenya. “Everything will come and go in Kenya but the covenant that bides Kenya is eternal.”
In the past, President Kenyatta called on his critics to join him in efforts to better lives of Kenyans by positively identifying solutions to the problems that Kenya faces.
He has shared his vision and challenges especially those attributed to rough economic times and threats emanating from terrorism.
In his view only when the country moves together with the common interest of defending Kenya can progress successfully despite the external and internal turbulence.