Govt pledges to support flood and landslides victims

Written By: Claire Wanja

State House Spokesperson Ms Kanze Dena

President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured all Kenyans affected by the ongoing heavy rains that the government and its partners will continue to monitor the situation and offer humanitarian assistance to the affected households.

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Speaking at statehouse Nairobi, State House Spokesperson Ms Kanze Dena says a government multi-agency team is meanwhile undertaking a comprehensive assessment of the damage caused by the rains to infrastructure and taking restorative measures including repairs and installation of new facilities as applicable.

“Our country continues to receive sustained heavy rainfall that has led to flash floods and in some areas, land and mudslides. These occurrences have caused deaths to tens of our citizens, injured many, displaced thousands of Kenyans and led to destruction of property including key national infrastructure such as roads, electricity transmission cables and waterworks. His Excellency the President sends his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and wishes quick recovery and full restoration to the injured and the displaced.” She said.

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On the national debate on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, the statehouse spokesperson said it was the wish of the president that Kenyans read and make informed decision.

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“As made clear during his comprehensive address to the nation during the unveiling of the BBI Report at the Bomas of Kenya auditorium last week, the President continues to urge Kenyans to take time and read the Report for themselves so as to make informed decisions on the document whose objective is to chart a new path for a united, cohesive and progressive Kenya. Further, the Head of State reiterates his caution against the politicization of the BBI Report and calls for sober deliberations devoid of divisive politics that threaten the cohesion, stability and unity of the nation.” She added.

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On Friday, the president will preside over the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of 100 houses in Lukenya, Machakos County as part of ongoing initiatives to achieve the affordable housing pillar of the Big 4 Agenda and thereafter, then roceed to Gilgil in Nakuru County where he will preside over the 2019 pass out parade for National Youth Service (NYS) recruits.

Kanze also noted that the president will next week on Wednesday host the Prime Minister of Barbados the Rt. Hon. Mia Amor who will be in the country for a state visit.

“The visiting Prime Minister will be accorded a full State reception at State House, Nairobi before holding private and bilateral talks with the President and their delegations. The talks between the two delegations will be aimed at deepening trade, cultural and people-to-people ties between Kenya and the Caribbean state. In the evening of the same day, 11th December, the President and Her Excellency the First Lady will host the visiting Prime Minister and her delegation to a State Banquet.”

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During Jamhuri Day celebrations at Nayo Stadium, Prime Minister Mottley will be the President’s special guest and thereafter at the State Luncheon at State House Gardens.

On the 2019 African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of Countries Summit happening next week, the president is expected to make key note address that will be attended by over ten Heads of State and Government and thousands of delegates from across the world.





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