NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 15 – President Uhuru Kenyatta used the State of the Nation address to Parliament Wednesday to outline his administration’s achievements and also make a pitch for his re-election in the August General Election.
He said his government had performed well by delivering on pre-election pledges in different sectors.
The Head of State highlighted the completion of the first phase of the Standard Gauge Railway from Mombasa to Nairobi, electricity penetration and the fight against insecurity as evidence of the Jubilee Administration’s stained momentum to industrialize the country.
“I have worked every day of my first term to put us in position to make this leap. The Kenyan people have driven this process every step of the way. I urge all Kenyans to join me in delivering another term of people-focused governance, boldness of vision and hard work as we rise even higher,” said the President.
He told a Joint Special Sitting of Parliament that the government has connected 3.7 million new homes to electricity, almost doubling achievements made since independence in a record four years.
The President noted that over 14,000 primary schools have been connected to the national electricity grid representing 98 per cent.
On transport, the President said the Jubilee Administration led by him and his Deputy William Ruto has succeeded in building 1,950 kilometers of new roads since 2013 with more projects in the works.
President Kenyatta said the multi-billion Standard Guage Railway is on course and shall be launched in June.
“I therefore take this opportunity to invite Members of Parliament to join me in June as we ride the train to Nairobi from Mombasa on the new Standard Gauge Railway line,” he said as the MPs responded with the first of three standing ovations to his speech.
The President also assured Kenyans that the government is keen to contain the threat of insecurity.
He boasted that the Jubilee Coalition had seen police ratio to citizen improve beyond the United Nation’s (UN) recommended 1:400 noting that the ratio in Kenya currently is at 1:380.
The Head of State also commended Kenya Defence Forces presence in Somalia, noting that it is through their intervention that the country managed to witness peaceful elections.
“The threats still remain but since our invasion, the soldiers have degraded Al Shabaab’s capacity and we will remain there because if we fight them there we shall remaain peaceful,” he added.