Opinion piece by Uhuru Kenyatta

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BY UHURU KENYATTA

The world today is seeking to understand and invest in a newly emerging Africa.

It is impossible to ignore the fact that at present seven of the world’s ten fastest growing economies in the world are from Africa.

Our potential abounds in the form of minerals, oil, natural gas and the natural talents of our people. The influx of foreign direct investment in African countries is acknowledgement that we are on the right track

Kenya is no exception.

Ours is a nation of possibilities. Our young innovators, our new Constitution, our discovery of resources; our reformed and reforming Judiciary and our improving infrastructure are sure signs that our national vision is tenable and that that there is great opportunity for prosperity.

Yet, though our potential is great, our progress is hindered, and our prospects are threatened by some familiar vices.

Internally, the forces of negative ethnicity and religious extremism are, as we speak, spreading societal fear and distrust and distracting Kenyans from confronting many fundamental issues.

Tragic incidents such as those in Tana River, and in the Coastal region have made worldwide impact and are causing alarm and dismay amongst citizens; local leaders; entrepreneurs and foreign investors alike and while we will continue to condemn the violence and to stand with all the affected families- we have also taken heed of these events.

Across the country- too many of our citizens simply do not feel safe.

Across the country – too many of our citizens simply do not feel safe.

They cannot feel safe when they are forced to be overly cautious and go home increasingly earlier because a terrorist threat has been issued.

They cannot feel safe when a plethora of weapons and a lack of adequate regulation makes them insecure because they have to sleep wondering whether neighboring communities will resort to violence as a means to settle old-scores or advance their agenda.

Our youth cannot feel safe when education, that golden key we always told them would open the door of success- is less likely than ever to even get them a job.

In several places, young people cannot feel safe because drug-trafficking; prostitution; violent robbery and gang or militia activity, increasingly appear to be the only ways they can earn enough to get by.

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