My focus is to transform the lives of Kenyans, President Kenyatta says

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President Uhuru Kenyatta today assured that he will devote all his energy to improving the lives of Kenyans in his second term in office.

 

Speaking today when he stopped at Githurai Kimbo in Kiambu County to acknowledge greetings from hundreds of enthusiastic residents, President Kenyatta said he will ensure that priority projects that will transform the lives of Kenyans are not delayed.

 

For Githurai Kimbo and the adjacent areas, President Kenyatta singled out rehabilitation of roads, construction of a market and provision of clean water as some of the projects that will be addressed first.

 

“We have promised to rehabilitate this road, to construct a market and ensure you have a steady supply of clean water – and this is a promise we intend to fulfil,” President Kenyatta told the jubilant residents.

 

The President was on his way back to Nairobi after attending the funeral of the late Mrs Charity Gathoni Muigai Kenyatta who was buried at her farm in Githurai Kimbo. The late Mama Charity Gathoni was a relative to the President.

 

President Kenyatta said he would engage Governors Ferdinand Waititu (Kiambu) and Mike Mbuvi Sonko (Nairobi) to ensure Githurai gets a modern market, water and roads.

 

“We will ensure adequate resources are allocated to transform this area for the benefit of all Kenyans living here,” the President said.

 

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta and other close family members attended the funeral service and burial of the late Mama Charity Gathoni.

President Kenyatta launches Kshs 19 billion Thiba dam, says season for politicking is over

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The season for politics is over and it is now time to work, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

A few days to his inauguration for his second term in office, President Kenyatta today launched construction of a multi billion dam with a rallying call that the time for politicking is over.

 The President said it is now time for Kenyans to roll up their sleeves and get down to the serious job of building the nation, as he launched construction of the Kshs 19 billion Thiba dam in Kirinyaga County.

 “The season for politicking is over. It is now time to roll up our sleeves and start to work,” the President said.

 The President, who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, asked leaders to put aside political differences and work together to improve the lives of Kenyans.

 Singling out construction of the Thiba dam, President Kenyatta said the project would be a game changer in rice production in the Mwea irrigation scheme.

 He pointed out that water from the dam would enable farmers to have two seasons of planting annually, a move that would boost their income.

 The President emphasised that the dam would buttress efforts geared towards ensuring the country is food secure, one of the key planks of the Jubilee Administration’s transformational agenda.

“Food security is critical to the Jubilee agenda. It will be part and parcel of my second term,” said President Kenyatta.

The President said the project, which would be complete within three years, would employment over 1000 people.

On completion the dam would help rice farmers in Mwea to double production from the current 80 tonnes to 160 tonnes annually.

The project will also help in stabilization of the irrigation water supply, allowing double cropping with the area under irrigation increasing from 25,000 acres to 35,000 acres. This will in turn increase revenue from Kshs 4.56 billion to Ksh 8.6 billion annually.

Deputy President Ruto called on Kenyans to build bridges of friendship and partnership that would support nation building.

“The time for political competition is over. We are now in a new chapter where we need to work together and transform the lives of Kenyans,” said the Deputy President.

“The period of politicking is now behind us, it’s time to unite and build together a nation that we all believe in and move on,” the Deputy President added.

He said the Jubilee Government is constructing 57 dams across the country in its effort to boost food security.

“These dams are aimed at improving food production and also allow wananchi access clean water for domestic use,” said DP Ruto.

The construction of Thiba dam is being financed in partnership with the Japanese government through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The President thanked Japan Government for being a true partner in the development of Kenya.

“Since independence Japan has been a partner in our development agenda. They have helped us undertake various projects in the energy, agriculture, roads and in the expansion and modernisation of our port – making it the biggest in the East African coastline,” said President Kenyatta.

The President and his deputy thanked Kirinyaga residents for coming out in large numbers to vote in the October 26 fresh presidential election.

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru said her County Administration would utilise water from the dam to construct a golf course and hotel to create jobs for residents.

Other speakers included Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Uesawa Toshitsugu, Kirinyaga Senator Charles Kabiru and Gichugu MP Robert Gichimu among others.

President Kenyatta assures security agencies of improved welfare

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured the uniformed disciplined services of full Government support to enable them to continue serving Kenyans effectively.

The President said he will remain steadfast in ensuring that the security agencies receive quality equipment and training, and their welfare is well taken care of.

“As President, I promise that we will continue to do that which we can to equip, train and take care of your welfare to the best of our ability,” President Kenyatta said.

“I know we are not there yet but my promise to you is that you are at the centre of our planning and priority,” the President assured the uniformed disciplined officers.

President Kenyatta spoke on Sunday during a joint prayer and thanksgiving service for the uniformed disciplined officers and their families at the Holy Family Minor Basilica, Nairobi.

The prayer service was conducted by Rt. Rev. Salesius Mugambi, the Bishop of Meru who is also in charge of the uniformed disciplined services.

The annual event was attended by officers from the Kenya Police, Directorate of Criminal Investigation, Administration Police, Kenya Prison, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service and the National Youth Service.

The President thanked the officers for serving the country with dedication, saying Kenya is safe and secure because of them as he paid tribute to those who have died in the line of duty.

“On behalf of all Kenyans and on my own behalf, I thank you for your patriotism and dedication to the country especially in the last three months when we have had to have two elections,” the President told the country’s security agencies.

Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki saluted the security officers for their valour, courage and sacrifice as while urging them to take their selflessness, patriotism and discipline a notch higher.

“The great people of Kenya have entrusted you with their lives and property, you have not disappointed them,” the Cabinet Secretary said.

Other speakers included National Police Service Inspector General Joseph Boinnet and National Youth Service Director General Richard Ndubai who expressed the need for strengthening counselling services for security officers across the country.

The thanksgiving and prayer service was attended by other senior Government officials including the Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, and Education Cabinet Secretary who is also Acting CS for Interior, Fred Matiang’i among others.