Uhuru to give State of the Nation address in Parliament

March 26, 2015 5:44 am
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The session will also see President Kenyatta outline what the government has done in the past one year and plans of fully implementing the Jubilee campaign pledges/FILE
The session will also see President Kenyatta outline what the government has done in the past one year and plans of fully implementing the Jubilee campaign pledges/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26 – President Uhuru Kenyatta will deliver a State of the Nation address to a special sitting of Parliament Thursday afternoon.

The agenda of the address has not been revealed but it is widely expected that he will speak on the country’s security situation, war on corruption, the economy as well as devolution among other key issues.

The session will also see President Kenyatta outline what the government has done in the past one year and plans of fully implementing the Jubilee campaign pledges.

The State of the Nation address is a requirement under Article 132 which provides for the Head of State to address Parliament once a year to inform the nation of progress made in realisation of national values and principles of governance, the country’s international obligations and in national security.

It comes against the backdrop of widespread corruption especially within parliamentary ranks and insecurity, all of which have dealt a blow to the country.

In his address last year, the President outlined the progress made in implementing devolution as envisaged in the constitution stating that while it placed huge budgetary burdens on the country, they had more than met their financial needs.

The President had also cautioned those tasked with leadership not to betray the trust and aspirations of citizens.

He had further outlined measured that the government had put in place to secure the nation against the backdrop of the threats of terror.

The Head of State had stated that a lot of investment had been put into surveillance with the purchase of 1,200 police vehicles.

The President also spoke about the free maternal health care started by the government and pointed out that trained medical staff now attend to 66 percent of births up from 44 percent.

President Kenyatta had also pointed out that the Jubilee administration has embarked on the most ambitious energy programmes in the history of Kenya.

He stated that 5000MW of power, bringing electricity at affordable rates to 80 percent of the nation’s households, will become available within the next three years.

In listing the achievements of his government, President Kenyatta also talked about the large-scale infrastructure projects that are underway.

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