Kenya has made strides, but still has work to do

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MWAI KIBAKI

Kenya is at a time in its history that is full of hope for a bright future. Over the past 10 years, our country has enjoyed a sustained blossoming of democracy. In 2010, Kenya adopted a new Constitution. With that Constitution, we further secured the human rights and civil liberties of our citizens and entrenched constitutional governance and justice.

Equally important, over the past 10 years, we have scored significant victories against diseases including HIV and AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis and other childhood and adult maladies.

Hundreds of thousands more children have found their way into school and many more adults have found new life skills through training and capacity-building.

We have also pulled hundreds of thousands of Kenyans out of poverty and put them on the pathway to economic independence and self-reliance.

In doing this, we have also expanded our economic base – opening up new and extensive infrastructure, energy and information technology projects.

The achievements in our country have been attained through the respect for the rule of law, sound policies, improved governance, as well as open and innovative democracy.

However, as all Kenyans recognize, we still have a lot more work to do.

Poverty, disease and unemployment still remain a big challenge for us.

Nevertheless, I am confident that we will seize opportunities to innovate and invest, and thus keep our country on the road to even greater prosperity.

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