We have kept our campaign promises – Uhuru
President Uhuru Kenyatta says the Jubilee Government is fulfilling the pledges it made to Kenyans and will not stop until every single promise is delivered.
Highlighting the achievements of his administration in the last 900 days it has been in office, President Kenyatta said more than Ksh 3 trillion has been dispatched to the counties in support of devolution.
“That money has gone to the grassroots, bringing paved roads where there were none before; bringing clean water to households that had suffered without it; and bringing medicines to some of the most vulnerable Kenyans,” President Kenyatta said.
The President pointed out that the Government is also accelerating towards fully implementation of its Digital Literacy Programme that will empower Kenyan children with ICT skills to compete favourably at the global arena.
“Some 900 days ago, when I took office, I promised that children in standard one would learn using the latest digital technology. That promise has been fulfilled: by August this year, we will have over 600,000 pupils using tablets and laptops to learn with another 600,000 to follow by December, the President said.
President Kenyatta was addressing Kenyans from Afraha Stadium in Nakuru where he led the nation in celebrating this year’s Madaraka Day.
He said the Government is not just giving out devices but also opening a world of connection and innovation to the Kenyan child.
And in a few years, President Kenyatta observed, an entire generation of Kenyans will have the new skills they need to build a new transformed Kenya.
The Head of State disclosed that his administration has also built more kilometres of road in the last three years than those built in the first 50 years of the country’s independence.
On electricity, President Kenyatta said an additional 2.2 million households have been supplied with power while 22,000 primary schools have been connected to the national grid since 2013.
“Just last weekend, I launched the Last Mile Connectivity Project, which will bring electricity to every household in the republic within five years,” President Kenyatta said.
President Kenyatta said his Government has proved to Kenyans that it has a solution to the land problem by issuing more than 2.4 title deeds in the last three years.
“Kenyans said they wanted an end to the land question. That’s why we have issued more than 2.4 million title deeds to Kenyans across the country, and that is why the process of titling continues,” President Kenyatta said.
He said most vulnerable Kenyans have also received unprecedented support under the Inua Jamii cash-transfer programme, with 725,000 households drawn from every constituency in the country receiving Ksh 17.4 billion shillings in bimonthly cash transfers in the last one year alone.
“That sum eases their lives, restores their dignity and fulfills the promise of our self-Government,” he said.
The Head of State emphasized his administration is in a rush to implement projects that have direct impact to the people because Kenyans expect answers to their problems without delay.
President Kenyatta reassured that he will not waver in his commitment to provide leadership that will improve the lives of Kenyans.
“You can be sure that our commitment to transforming this country in the shortest time possible is unchanged. Other nations have done it. We can do it too,” President Kenyatta said.
He implored the opposition to emulate the Government by serving Kenyans instead of engaging in activities that do not benefit the country, saying leaders must lead by example.
The President said: “We must learn to listen, to acknowledge and applaud the good work of others, and to criticize where necessary but do it constructively.”
“This is the core of great leadership – and this is the leadership with which I am looking to partner as we seek greatness,” he added.
Deputy President William Ruto and Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua also addressed the historic event held for the first time outside Nairobi.
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