, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 1 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has emphasised the need of all Kenyans to work with the government in maintaining security and growth of the country.
In his New Year speech, President Kenyatta assured the country of his commitment to root out all security challenges, especially from terrorists.
He however warned that the government “shall not allow anyone to intensify our vulnerability in the name of freedom and democracy.”
“Democracy and freedom are promises of happiness, security and prosperity. Not fear, pain and despair. In securing Kenya, we secure progress. By protecting our people, we protect democracy.”
President Kenyatta added: “Through the defence of our nation, we defend our freedom. This is not a responsibility my administration will pass on to anyone else. We will not allow the threat of terrorism to deter us from our transformative agenda.”
The Head of State recently signed the Security Laws (Amendment) Act 2014 which seeks to empower security personnel in the fight against terror among other concerns.
In his message, he also cited some of the strides his government has made towards the growth of the economy in 2014 while promising to double his effort to develop the country further.
“As a nation and a people, we have collectively achieved a lot and weathered many storms. In all this, we remain grateful to God for bringing us this far,” President Kenyatta pointed out.
Among the achievements he highlighted include the reduction of the cost of electricity by 30 percent, commencement of construction of the Standard Gauge Railway and three berths as part of the LAPSSET programme.
“We rehabilitated and expanded the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and broke ground on the long awaited Konza Technopolis,” he said. “In addition, the expansion of our road transport infrastructure is proceeding in earnest.”
Others include programmes being implemented to improve delivery of health, education and agricultural services.
“We continue to improve delivery of public services through the establishment of Huduma Centres, e-Citizen platforms and the streamlining of critical business processes across the country,” he said.
President Kenyatta also pointed out that as the country continues to discover deposits of oil, gas, coal, iron ore and rare earth minerals across the country,” my administration is committed to ensure that this mineral wealth becomes a source of prosperity for the current and future generations.”
He said the government has since finalised drafting laws to guide and regulate exploration, utilisation and value addition of these resources.
“As a nation and a people, we have collectively achieved a lot and weathered many storms. In all this, we remain grateful to God for bringing us this far.”