PROJECTS

He called them his Big Four agenda and much of the government resources and energies have been expended to have them delivered in the shortest time possible, and without being coloured by the stain of corruption which plighted many government projects during his first term.

And this perhaps explains why the President seems to be on the edge nowadays at the snails-pace at which the projects seem to be coming up.

This point was driven home vividly by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria whose tweet on Friday evening about the pace of delivery of the housing project alone was a stark reminder of how far the Big Four agenda was from realisation.

“We have 42 months left in the current term of the Jubilee government,” said Mr Kuria, who caused a storm early in the year when he accused President Kenyatta’s government of neglecting his Central Kenya backyard in development.

“To build 500,000 houses within the 42 months left, we need to build 11,905 houses per month from today going forward.

"That means 397 houses per day (including weekends). This weekend alone we should build 1,000 houses. Every hour we should build 16 houses,” he said.

HEALTHCARE

The government’s strategies for raising Sh57 billion a year for the construction houses in five years has been dealt a major blow after the high court suspended the 1.5 percent levy that targets both employer and employee.

Dr Ndii could not be drawn into discussing pros and cons of the President’s Big Four agenda and its implementation, but said he was not surprised that the project has not picked up.

“The economy is not doing well. He had hoped that the so-called infrastructure-driven growth strategy would deliver some margins. But it hasn’t because the policy capability of his government is very poor,” he said.

With just three years to the end of his presidency, the universal healthcare is still at piloting stage covering just four counties out of the 47.

CORRUPTION

Meanwhile the push for securing food security by 2022 has been overshadowed by corruption in the maize sector, and the Galana Kulalu irrigation project has failed to deliver.

Mr Kenyatta has invited all Kenyans to help him end corruption, which he said is a national disaster.

Muranga Senator Irungu Kang’ata rejected the insinuation that President Kenyatta is exhibiting anger in his public addresses.

“The President is acting with the realisation that he must cultivate a positive legacy before he exits from power by 2022,” said Mr Kang’ata, adding “Even in private conversations he talks strongly about corruption.”

Political analyst Martin Andati sees the President’s tough talk as a way of asserting his authority.

“The implementation of his agenda is not moving as fast as he would wish and this gives him a reason to be angry,” he said.

CAMPAIGNS

Mr Andati said that continued 2022 succession politics has only worsened the situation for him as he increasingly feels he is being written off from national politics too early.

“Even though he was ridiculed, Daniel arap Moi will be remembered for leaving behind a united country. Mwai Kibaki is remembered for the infrastructure projects. What will President Kenyatta be remembered for?” Mr Andati posed.

Nominated MP Maina Kamanda claimed Dr Ruto’s 2022 campaigns have distracted the President and frustrated the implementation of the four agenda.

“The inauguration of ‘fake’ projects gave the government a bad name, forcing the President to intervene by appointing Dr Fred Matiang’i (Interior CS) to coordinate their implementation,” he said.

Mr Barasa Nyukuri, a Nairobi-based governance expert, says the new forceful images the President has cut since winning his second term arises from the fact that he is not bound by the power-sharing agreement with his deputy as it were in his first term.

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