President Uhuru Kenyatta Saturday unveiled his vision for Kenya’s growth where equality, justice and prosperity will be guaranteed.
He cited progress already achieved in energy, infrastructure development, health, education, technology and innovation, which are key drivers of the country’s growth and development.
On education, President Kenyatta said by the end of 2018 Jubilee’s “leave no child behind” policy will have delivered more classes, more teachers and increased funding for student capitation.
“No primary school student – none whatsoever – will miss a place in a public secondary school on account of not being able to afford the school fees,” President Kenyatta.
The President – who spoke on Saturday at the Moi International Sports Complex, Kasarani, during the launch of the Jubilee Party that was attended by over 60,000 people including delegates of 11 parties that have merged – said in five years every child in Kenya will have the opportunity to go to a public school and receive quality education.
On security, President Kenyatta assured that the Government will continue with its unprecedented investment in the security sector as a crucial ingredient of the country’s prosperity.
“We commit to the brave men and women in uniform that we will continue to provide them with better equipment, improved mobility, and improving their terms of service,” he said.
The Government will next month kick off a large scale project to build houses for security officers to improve their welfare, the President said.
In return, President Kenyatta said the disciplined services will be expected to serve Kenyans diligently.
On electricity, the Head of State said every household in Kenya will have access to affordable electricity in the next two years.
“This initiative is dear to me, because it is a game-changer for our young people; and the catalyst that will bring development to every corner of our country,” the Head of State said.
President Kenyatta also outlined his administration’s focus to improve the health of Kenyans, saying the transformation of the health care system across the country is irreversible.
“Our hospitals will be centres of excellence for the African continent. We will continue training more doctors, more nurses, and more medical technicians,” the President said.
He said the Jubilee Government will continue investing in Kenya’s health sector including providing crucial services that force Kenyans to travel abroad.
“The stories of Kenyans bankrupting their families to send loved ones for treatment abroad will come to an end. Instead we shall be the destination for medical tourists,” said the President.
The Head of State also spoke about his targets in infrastructure development where he indicated his intention to continue with aggressive investment in the sector.
“We will extend the reach of the road network to link every town and marketplace,” President Kenyatta said.
He disclosed that the Jubilee Government will allocated massive resources to fund the long promised projects like the Likoni Bridge and Dongo Kundu bypass to transform the South Coast of Kenya.
The President said his Government will also collaborate with the Government of Ethiopia to build bridges over River Daua to open up immense trading opportunities for Northern Kenya.
“We will follow through with our commitment to restore the role of the rail network as the backbone of commercial transport, through completion of the next phase of the SGR project, which l intend to launch in mid-October, and restoring and repairing the existing meter gauge network,” he said.
The President pointed out that the aviation strategy to open new airports in more counties is also on course and will be completed.
On the legal front, President Kenyatta said he will invest political goodwill, time and resources to strengthen the institution of the Judiciary.
“Kenyans demand a judiciary able to deal decisively with corruption, and one that is efficient in its procedures, and predictable in its application of the law,” President Kenyatta said.
The President emphasized that he will do everything within his ability to help the Judiciary achieve its objective, saying: “We will live up to the promise that justice truly is our shield and defender.”
To the country’s youth, President Kenyatta assured them that Jubilee is their party, pointing out that every policy implemented is about them.
“An economy that creates decent jobs for all of you is the legacy we seek. You are the generation of the moment and we are nothing without you,” President Kenyatta said.
Other speakers included Deputy President William Ruto, Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro, Kitui South MP Rachel Nyamai and former chairman of the defunct Constitutional Implementation Commission Charles Nyachae.