SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY HON. MWAI KIBAKI, C.G.H., M.P., PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA – NEW YEAR RADIO AND TELEVISION ADDRESS TO THE NATION AT STATE HOUSE NAIROBI ON 31ST DECEMBER, 2011
It is my joy to address you, as we prepare to usher in a New Year – TWENTY TWELVE. I thank the Almighty God for mercifully watching over our country.
Despite the challenges we have faced in the past year, our country continues to make great progress in various fields of national endeavor.
We are now firmly on the path of national transformation, with the full implementation of our constitution.
Many of the projects envisaged under our VISION TWENTY THIRTY are being implemented. These include infrastructure development across the country.
Better infrastructure is helping our people move their goods and services in a faster and cost-effective manner.
Social programs in the fields of education and health are empowering our people. Today, we have more of our youth enjoying free education programs, giving them a better chance at succeeding in the future.
The resources we are investing in the health sector are ensuring that our people are healthier and more productive.
After many months of rising cost of living, I am confident that we will have reduced inflationary pressures in the months ahead. This is due to the anticipated reductions in energy prices, and increased food production.
TWENTY TWELVE will be a transitional year. We begin a transition from a centralized to a devolved government. We start the journey of empowering
47 county governments that will be charged with managing the affairs of the people, at the grassroots level.
I see this as a great opportunity to devolve responsibility to the people.
Let us embrace this new concept of governance with a renewed sense of hope and confidence.
We will put in place measures to ensure that all counties are adequately prepared to embrace the new opportunities and overcome the likely challenges.
The coming year will also see a transition in national leadership. After two terms as your President, I will be happy to oversee a smooth transition to the new leadership that you the people, will vote into office.
I thank you the Kenyan people for the support you have extended to me during my time in office. I wish to assure you all that we will put in place all the necessary measures to ensure a free and fair general election.
In this regard the government will facilitate the issuance of national identity cards to youth of age, to enable them register as voters as the process kicks off in the coming weeks.
As we prepare for these transition milestones, let us all be reminded that Kenya is One Nation. We must therefore take actions which guarantee that we remain one united nation.
Elections will come and go but the country remains. Let us therefore safeguard our nation’s peace, stability and progress, realizing that Kenya is bigger than any single individual.
As we usher in the New Year, We remember and pray for our men and women in uniform, who are currently on the mission within our borders and inside Somalia, aimed at safeguarding our nation.
We salute them for their bravery and courage and assure them of our full support. Kenya intends to complete the work it has begun. We owe it to ourselves and the millions of Somali people who are yearning for peace and prosperity after 20 years of civil war. Peace in Somalia is a critical pillar to regional prosperity.
Finally, I wish to call upon Kenyans to continue taking advantage of the opportunities in the wider East African Community. Kenya is privileged to be Chairing the Community for the next one year. Let us all play our part in making the East African Community the most successful and integrated economic bloc in Africa.
Once again, I convey my best wishes for the New Year – TWENTY TWELVE.
THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL.