NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 6 – Corruption, unemployment, poverty and unfulfilled promises emerged as the major challenges facing most Kenyans as the ‘Kenya We Want Conference’ came to a close on Friday evening.
Planning and National Development Minister Wycliffe Oparanya said the delegates also raised concerns of failure by the government to fight impunity, tribalism and insecurity.
“They said their leaders were not listening to them, they were putting their own interests first at all levels, Kenyans know their problems than anybody else. They include high unemployment, drought and now famine,” he said.
Tribalism, insecurity and lack of infrastructure were other pressing issues many delegates pointed at.
The delegates further vowed not to support leaders who looked for tribal backing saying they will go for capable leaders ignoring their ethnicity.
“The delegates stated frankly that they will never be incited by political leaders to turn against their fellow Kenyans on the basis of tribalism, as it works only to the benefit of the inciters,” Mr Oparanya said as he read the recommendations coming from the three day national conference.
They complained of inequalities in distribution of resources and opportunities with those coming from the arid areas saying they had been sidelined in most of the development programmes.
Also an area of concern was the creation of commissions of inquiries which the delegates dismissed as unnecessary and a waste of time since very little was done especially the implementation of their recommendations.
They urged leaders to lead responsibly and ensure promises made to Kenyans are delivered.
Mr Oparanya also said most important issues that the delegates wanted to see was the implementation of the recommendations as well as the complaints they raised addressed.
They blamed leaders for talking and failing to take action.
On his side Mr Oparanya assured them that the government would seriously take issues that emerged from the conference.
He announced that the government would continue holding similar conferences at the grassroots level to ensure every Kenyan is given a chance to raise their views.
He also encouraged people to send their views on www.thekenyawewant.go.ke