, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 2 – Security has been beefed up around Parliament ahead of the State of the Nation address by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The president is set to address the nation from Parliament in a joint sitting during which he will highlight his goals of building bridges that comes after his handshake with Opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Police have warned that there would be disruption of traffic flow around Parliament Buildings.
The two leaders agreed to preach peace and work towards national healing after a divisive General Election last year that earned President Kenyatta his second term in office.
The State of the Nation event is an annual constitutional requirement, where the President is accorded the opportunity to address Parliament, on all the measures taken and progress achieved in the realisation of national values.
President Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda is expected to feature prominently in the speech.
The Big Four Agenda concerning Universal Healthcare, Manufacturing, Affordable Housing and Food Security, and while this last term has been described as his legacy term, his address will also take stock of the progress the government made in his first term in office.
State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu had earlier said the address would touch on measures the President has taken, and the progress achieved in the realisation of national values, progress made in fulfilling Kenya’s international obligation, and the state of the nation’s security.