Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Jam Hurrah Kenya is 44 Today
Fourty four years can be a very long or short time depending on how you look at it and who you are in Kenya. This years Jamhuri celebrations at at Nyayo stadium didn't lack the usual colour and pomp even when 'less patriotic' presidential aspirants Raila and Kalonzo snubbed the occasion.
Jamhuri is a time for sober reflection on our past as we chat the way forward to PROSPERITY. Look around you and what do you see a part from CHANGE and DEVELOPMENT? Only those without eyes cannot see Kibaki's Midas touch that has turned Kenya's ruined past into economic gold. Let the picture speak a thousand words (or more):
Change you can see
Free Primary Education: Numerous children all over the country have joined school for the very first time. No child has been left out, not those on the streets, nor those whose parents who could not previously afford an education. Parents have saved a lot of money and have been able to invest and uplift their living standards.
Improved the Quality of Life for all Kenyans: Through improved health services to ensure a healthy and vibrant workforce. Water and Electricity have been made more available to more Kenyans in urban and rural areas.
Empowered people in Development: Through the Constituency Development Fund, the people can now decide the best ways to develop their areas. In the year 2005/06 alone, more than Kshs 54 billion was allocated to cater for different development projects that directly benefit the people.
Boosted Farmers and Agriculture: By guaranteeing that Farmers are promptly paid for their produce, President Kibaki has ensured that they become wealthier and produce more than before. The revival of stalled industries such as the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) and Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC).
Supported Empowerment of Women: By providing special funds to assist them to run their own businesses. President Kibaki has also directed that a 30% quota be reserved for women in public appointment. Even though a bill to guarantee women 50 seats in Parliament was defeated, Mwai Kibaki’s commitment to empowering women has not wavered.
Supported Kenyan Youth: By providing special funds to assist and encourage youth leadership, and also to ensure they are properly educated, he has secured the future of Kenya through a well-educated youth. Mwai Kibaki has also outlined the “Marshal Plan for Youth Employment” in order to create more opportunities for youth in Kenya.
Better Roads and Transport: Under Kibaki’s leadership, more than Kshs 50 billion has been spent to improve and expand the road network in this country. By increasing the number of all weather roads, Mwai Kibaki has enabled workers, farmers and traders to travel fast and easily with lower costs.
Restored Respect for Kenya and Kenyans: Mwai Kibaki has ensured that our country is no longer considered to be a begging nation. We are self-reliant: up to 95% of Kenya’s budget is now self-financed, without any recourse to donor funds. Kenya is a respected country once again because of the policies that were adopted of efficient political and economic management.
Need I say more? No lest I spoil the broth. If you fancy CHANGE then put your vote where your heart is. Kazi iendelee and vote Emilio so that mama Lucy can save us from ourselves too.