NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 12 – A cross section of Kenyans are pleased with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech during the Jamhuri Day celebrations held at the Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday.
Those who spoke to Capital FM News like Maxwell Osoro said that they were happy that the President Kenyatta addressed issues affecting the country such as corruption and allegations made about the Eurobond expenditure.
“I am very happy that President Kenyatta has addressed issues such as corruption and the ongoing Eurobond saga. It is a sign that he cares for Kenyans,” Osoro said at the stadium.
Juma Kevin on his part said that he was happy that the President had asked Kenyans to stand united and reject negative politics and manipulation.
John Kieni on her side said that she was glad the President had spoken on equality by stating that no one was above the law and everyone was accountable for their actions.
“It is good to hear the President say that everyone should carry their own cross and be accountable for their own actions. Such measures will pave the way to defeating corruption,” he said in reference to President Kenyatta warning to state officials.
Others were however dissatisfied that the President failed to breakdown how his government intended to fight corruption.
The remarks followed President Kenyatta’s promise to Kenyans that his government would address corruption and challenged leaders making corruption claims about the Eurobond to prove them or prepare to face consequences.
“If you make accusations and fail to prove them, you will also be held accountable,” the President warned, in an apparent reference to CORD leader Raila Odinga, who has been vocal with claims that up to Sh140 billion raised through the Eurobond cannot be accounted for, and has vowed to defy Monday police summons by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) which is investigating the matter.
Others interviewed said they were dissatisfied with the President’s failure to outline specific measures taken by the government in fighting corruption.
“Kenyans expected bold measures on how the government would address corruption. This is because corruption has become a menace in this country. The youth is suffering, we lack jobs and the capacity to drive out poverty because of corruption,” said Obadiah Kikwach, a city resident.
There are also those who felt that poverty eradication was not given the desired priority.
While addressing corruption matters, President Kenyatta called out government officials, the private sector, religious leaders, community leaders and Kenyans at large to play their part in the fight against corruption.
“As your President, I have sought to create an environment that resists dishonest and unethical practices. I have used my office to concentrate the attention of the nation on this menace. I have taken strong action. We have intensified our efforts to recover stolen money,” he said.