In Summary
  • President Kenyatta said the Jubilee government had even transferred all functions to county governments in one year instead of the three provided for in the Constitution.
  • Not once did President Kenyatta mention the word laptop in his speech

President Kenyatta on Thursday outlined the Jubilee administration’s achievements after one year in office and gave a raft of promises that could radically change the quality of life for the citizens if implemented.

In one of the promises, he said his government would supply affordable electricity to 80 per cent of homes and institute measures to generate an extra 5,000 megawatts of power.

He said the Olkaria Geothermal power project, expected to generate 800 MW, will start working soon.

“More immediately, every primary school in the republic will be connected to the national grid by the end of the next financial year. This is in tandem with my Administration’s ICT initiative,” he said.

The President also backed devolution, saying, he had kept faith with the public’s choice by setting up a fully-fledged two-tier state.

In his 45-minutes speech, he said his government had established 47 counties, increased their funding from the 15 per cent of total national revenue as required in the Constitution to 32 per cent and transferred well-trained civil servants to the counties to deliver services.

“All (counties) are now operational, disproving the doubts of the faint-hearted,” he said in his address to a joint session of the National Assembly and the Senate at Parliament Buildings in Nairobi.

President Kenyatta, whose administration has been accused of trying to kill devolution, said the Jubilee government had even transferred all functions to county governments in one year instead of the three provided for in the Constitution.

“The framers of our new law expected the devolution of functions to proceed over three years.  Boldness proved better: ahead of time, and as a sign of my government’s commitment to devolution, we have passed on nearly all the county functions, and the resources to support them,” he said.

ACCEPT THE REALITY

He dampened nurses and doctors hopes of re-absorption by the national government by asking them to accept the reality that had been presented by the Constitution.

“Professionals who have opposed the transfer of their functions and remuneration to the counties had better learn to cope with the new dispensation,” he said.

On security, Mr Kenyatta sharply criticised the criminal justice system over its role in the war against terrorism and urged all arms of government to co-ordinate their activities. He accused the police, the Judiciary, prosecutors and prisons of failing to deter and punish criminals and terrorists.

“Too many crimes have been improperly processed, leaving suspects and culprits at large in our communities. The public frustration and anger that followed occasionally boiled over into mob injustice. It serves as a stark reminder of the unacceptable lack of coordination in our handling of crime,” he said.

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