Uhuru Kenyatta – ‘In 7 years, my gov’t has done more than all other Kenyan presidents combined’


Uhuru Kenyatta - 'In 7 years, my gov't has done more than all other Kenyan presidents ...

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  • For instance, President Kenyatta noted that at independence Kenya only had a measly 1,800 kilometres of tarmacked roads.
  • The 1800 kilometres of tarmac had been built by the colonisers in a span of the 78 years that they were in Kenya. 
  • After independence, President's Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki in their 50--year tenure built an extra 11,200 kilometres of road. This was 10 times what the colonizers had achieved.

During an address to the nation on Monday, President Uhuru Kenyatta laid out his legacy, pointing out that during his tenure, his government has achieved more in 7 years than all the other three governments combined.

For instance, President Kenyatta noted that at independence Kenya only had a measly 1,800 kilometres of tarmacked roads.

The 1800 kilometres of tarmac had been built by the colonizers in the span of  78 years that they were in Kenya.

“This means every year they only managed to tarmac a total of 23 kilometres.,” President Kenyatta said.

After independence, President’s Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki in their 50–year tenure built an extra 11,200 kilometres of road. This was 10 times more  than what the colonizers had achieved.

President Kenyatta now says that since taking over from Mwai Kibaki, his government has built an average of 1000 kilometres of road every year.

The number, he adds, is 44 times more than what the colonial administration built and 4 times more than what Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki did in 50 years.

At the same time, President Kenyatta noted that the revival of the Kenyan rail system is also part of his legacy.

He noted that apart from the SGR, his government has also embarked on reviving the defunct Nairobi-Nanyuki railway line which traverses six counties as well as the soon-t0-start rehabilitation of the Naivasha -Malaba metre gauge .

The president also took a swipe at critics who had nit-picked the government’s work on the Kenyan rail system.

“Turning to railways now, this is where my biggest critiques reside. But that’s ok, they are not alone, they are in fellowship with the colonizers who called our railway the Lunatic Express,” he added.

Additionally, President Kenyatta noted that his government has revived the previously collapsed Port of Kisumu which currently serves the northern and southern corridors.

“And with this port, Kenya can service the region from Mwanza and Bukoba in Tanzania, to Jinja and Entebbe in Uganda; and Muhoma Bay in Rwanda at affordable costs and decent timing,” President Kenyatta added.

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