Uhuru tells leaders to avoid empty talk


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President Uhuru Kenyatta has told leaders to deliver services to Kenyans and avoid empty talk and prioritization of selfish interests.

The President asked leaders to stop bickering, “The constant acrimony between leaders was a sign that most of those in leadership positions have not internalised the fact that their job is to work for the people,” said the head of state and added, “Leaders should stop fighting each other because the interest of the people is superior to the interests of individual leaders,”

The President who addressed hundreds of residents in Naro Moru, Laikipia County, urged the residents to stay united and to strive for develop for the common good.

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“There are those who have made it their job to make noise but making noise all the time does not help Kenyans. What Kenyans need are hardworking leaders who will improve their lives,” said the President. The President, who was accompanied by local leaders, spoke at Naro Moru on his way to Nanyuki.

He said the policy of the Jubilee Government is placing development of the whole country above other interests including politics.

He said the Government has funded many initiatives that have lessened the burdens on Kenyans and urged leaders to complement the effort.

“Our objective is to make life better for Kenyans. That is why we have funded free maternity services, increased allocations to schools, expanded electrification programmes and much more,” he said.

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The President said even with the good work the Government is doing there were politicians whose only contribution was to make noise and complain.

The President pledged that the Government will fast track development projects including infrastructure, water and irrigation programmes in Nyeri County.

The President said the Government will complete development projects that stalled previously and will start new ones to spur economic growth in the area.

President Kenyatta made the announcement when he hosted leaders from Nyeri County at State Lodge, Sagana.

Among the projects to be prioritised is the construction of mega dams with works on two —Karimenu and Naromoru — set to start soon; Karatina Market, one of the stalled projects, which serves as a regional market for agricultural products, will also be completed soon; Issuance of title deeds for 541 residents of former colonial villages is also set for next week.

The President called on leaders to unite Kenyans and ensure harmony and tranquil prevails in the country.

Speaking in Nanyuki, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Ministry of Interior to issue national Identity Cards in all counties

The President directed the Cabinet Secretary for Interior Maj Gen (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery to ensure the process of issuing ID cards begins in all counties as soon as possible.

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President Kenyatta gave the directive as he urged Kenyans to register to vote so that they can participate in the democratic process.

“Every Kenyan who has reached the legal age should be issued with an ID card. The process should start in all counties and every area should be covered,” said the President.

President Kenyatta, who spoke at a thanksgiving ceremony for Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri at Nanyuki Stadium, also asked the Ministry to review some draconian rules including those that require youth to go to the home origin of their parents to obtain ID cards.

“Where you live is where you will get your ID. Where you are is your home and everyone has the right to be served by the Government where they live,” said the President

The President said Kenyans should register in large numbers because the democratic system of the country is based on voting and those who don’t register will not take part in it.

The President spoke at Nanyuki Stadium where tens of thousands had gathered for the thanksgiving event.

Politicians from all regions of the country and from across the political divide took part in the even where Kiunjuri was described as a hard worker.

President Kenyatta said he was confident that Kiunjuri would succeed in his duties as the CS for devolution.

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“Kiunjuri has an important role to ensure the devolved system of Government is working. And we want to ensure all the 47 devolved units perform at their best,”

The President urged the residents of Laikipia County to maintain the peace and announced that CS Nkaissery will come back to the county on Monday to deal with security issues in the area.

The President at the same time directed the county government of Laikipia to continue the crackdown on illegal alcohol which reports have indicated is on a comeback in most areas of the country.

“MCAs should amend the county laws on alcohol. We cannot be helping you and then County laws are used to sue the security teams,” said the President.

At the same time, President Kenyatta announced that the Government will start the registration of Mau Mau veterans so that they can be included in the cash transfer programmes for the elderly.

Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe promised to mobilise leaders and locals to undertake a voter registration drive in the area.

He said they will start a campaign to register voters in large numbers to ensure everyone who has an ID card is registered to vote. He also urged the Government to start issuing ID cards to the youth.


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