, NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 10 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has come out to defend his track record in the face of scathing criticism from the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) in its own State of the Nation address delivered on Saturday.
President Kenyatta said all his government had achieved was plain for all to see and called on his critics to stop making noise for the sake of doing it.
“Our style of politics is what is wrong. We never see anything good in each other. All we see is the negative points. So regardless of what one does, nothing is happening! Nothing is happening! Nothing is happening!”
On Saturday CORD leader Raila Odinga accused the Jubilee administration of falling through on its promises in the three years it has been in power, saying what it had managed to accomplish was sown by the preceding grand coalition government of which he was a part.
“They are taking credit and feasting on the harvest of those that came before them,” he said, citing the Standard Gauge Railway and road works.
“In his State of the Nation address, President Uhuru Kenyatta said the government has constructed 3,000 kilometres of roads in the last three years. This was a cold-hearted lie,” CORD accused on Saturday. “The only rail infrastructure project that Jubilee has to show is the one it did not start; the Standard Gauge Railway.”
Hitting back, MPs allied to the ruling coalition have accused Odinga and his, “cronies,” of being behind the less than optimum pace of development. “When he (Odinga) was Prime Minister he entered this country into Sh120 billion worth of debt and that is the mess our President has been engaged in cleaning up rather than focusing all his energy on his development agenda,” Leader of the Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale said.
As the 2017 general election approaches, the accusations and counter-accusations are likely to gain momentum and in which respect CORD has increasingly cast doubt that they will be free and fair.
On Friday however, President Kenyatta sought to assure that the Treasury would make available to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission the funds required for the general election and denied that there was an abuse of military resources in the recently concluded Malindi by-election.
“Election of next year will be central to the upcoming budget we will provide all the necessary resources required to ensure that we conduct our election in a free transparent and fair manner. Those resources will be provided and you will see them in the estimates when the Minister presents the budget in June which is not far off and as far as I am concerned there has not been any abuse of state resources at all in any manner we conducted our campaigns and did the best we could do and we lost we accepted and moved on.”