In Summary
  • Uhuru challenged the new appointees to ensure that there are more affordable roofs over the heads of Kenyans.
  • He made it clear to them that he expected them to perform to high standards to meet the expectations of Kenyans and shun corruption.

President Uhuru Kenyatta spared neither love or sweet words for the nine Cabinet Secretaries who were sworn in at State House, Nairobi, on Friday.

He minced no words when he spelt out what he expected from the new members of his team, who now completes his line-up after they were cleared by Parliament on Wednesday.

He made it clear to them that he expected them to perform to high standards to meet the expectations of Kenyans and shun corruption.

“High office is not a platform, and I repeat, it is not a platform for self-actualisation and pandering to ego,” he warned them.

“It is a rare calling, a precious honour bestowed on so very few; it is a call to service with honour and integrity; to servant leadership, to sacrifice, to collective accountability and responsibility; and above all it is about selflessness in order to guarantee growth and prosperity.”

BIG FOUR AGENDA
And to those who thought that this would be a walk in the park, Mr Kenyatta had this to say:

“It is now business unusual, not business as usual.”

He also warned those who do not feel that they are up to the task: “Should you at any time feel the weight is too much, just say so.”

It was a warning shot to the new entrants as well as those who were appointed and retained from his first Cabinet.

“I look forward to a Cabinet that shall be selfless in service, unimpeachable integrity, dedication to duty and unmatched excellence, especially in bringing to fruition our Big Four agenda,” the President said.

During his inauguration address after being declared winner of the October 26 repeat presidential election, Mr Kenyatta unveiled four key agenda that he intends to pursue in his second term: Affordable housing, increased healthcare, manufacturing and fighting hunger.

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