President Kenyatta has vowed to sustain the ongoing war on graft warning those bent on perpetuating the vice that their days are numbered.
In his end of year message to Kenyans, President Kenyatta said his administration has put in place elaborate measures to ensure that Kenya finally wins the war on corruption.
“In the past year, we have learnt that as a people that we can fight corruption. Building in this momentum, we will take steps to reform our policies to remove loopholes where characters use to exploit,” said President Kenyatta.
The President said that the government would enhance the work of the Asset recovery Agency to ensure they seek court orders to freeze and confiscate assets such as bank accounts, vehicles and real estate.
“Individuals charged with corruption offences will not be allowed to flaunt their ill-gotten wealth as court proceedings are ongoing. Once the suspects are convicted, the assets will be transferred to the Criminal Asset Recovery Fund, ready for use to finance projects and programmes that will improve the lives of Kenyans,” he added.
The President said that the spirited fight against corruption required Kenyans to work together as a people in appreciation of the fact that corruption was our common enemy
“In this respect, I urge every Kenyan to reject bribery, and those who try and buy our favour through the use of monies gained from fraud. In the same spirit, all arms of government have to commit to work together against this enemy of development,” President Kenyatta said.
The president also promised to actualize the free and compulsory primary and secondary education pledge as the government seeks to have a 100 percent transition to secondary school.
He called upon colleges and universities to offer courses that are carefully tailored to ensure that graduates are employable in terms of skills, knowledge and work ethic.
“We want Kenyans to have the necessary competencies that position them to be globally competitive, and to quickly find employment when they graduate,” he said.
The head of state attributed Kenya’s success in sports globally to the discipline and perseverance of Kenyan sports men and women.
“The year 2018 saw Eliud Kipchoge and Beatrice Chepkoech break World records in the men’s marathon and women’s 3000 meter steeplechase respectively and also saw national soccer team Harambee Stars qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 15 years,” President Kenyatta said.