, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 1 – President Uhuru Kenyatta now says Kenya is a stronger nation despite the challenges faced in 2015.
In his New Year message to the nation, he appealed to all Kenyans to help restore the country’s national pride.
“Together, we have worked hard towards the promise of a truly free, peaceful and prosperous Kenya. Together, we have continued to entrench the value of patriotism, integrity and hard work and to strengthen our commitment to a just, transparent, accountable and inclusive society.”
President Kenyatta highlighted major events that placed the country at the centre of the global spotlight that included hosting US President Barrack Obama and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, the visit by Pope Francis to the country as well as hosting the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference.
“Besides the three major events, Kenya, earlier in the year won the World Athletic Championships in Beijing, and also sent doctors and paramedics to West Africa to combat the deadly Ebola virus. In this and many more ways in 2015 we were as a country able to shine. We must, therefore, enter 2016 in a spirit of standing up for Kenya and saying no to negativity, parochialism and engaging in small talk,” he added.
Other 2015 achievements he highlighted include a significant decline in poaching that went down by 80 percent, connecting every government primary school to electricity and the fight against graft among others.
“We cannot, however, deny the fact that during the year we also faced a number of challenges and setbacks. But in spite of the challenges we faced, overall we emerged stronger as a nation,” he said.
The country faced numerous terror attacks from the Al Shabaab that include the massacre of 147 people at the Garissa University College.
Among the priorities for 2016, President Kenyatta highlighted building 8,000 kilometres of new tarmacked roads covering every county with the first batch totalling 1,700 kilometres to be launched this January.
A second batch of 1,800 kilometres will be launched in March.
He also touched on security promising to make Kenya even safer for its citizens.
“My government will continue to reach out to all communities to strengthen national cohesion, and unity. My government is willing to listen to every Kenyan who comes forth with useful ideas to building a strong Kenya. We will listen to you and implement any good ideas geared towards improving our common destiny,” he assured.