Mudavadi gives way forward as state marks one year in office

He welcomed the ongoing dialogue between the government and the opposition.

In Summary
  • On election promises, Mudavadi said the government has kept the majority of campaign pledges.
  • He, however, said that the government will always refine and improve on promises they make.
Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi at Kakamega State Lodge on August 30, 2023.
Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi at Kakamega State Lodge on August 30, 2023.
Image: PCSP

Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi has given Kenyans the way forward as President William Ruto marks one year in office.

Mudavadi said the first six months were spent settling down and putting the right talent in the right places.

He welcomed the ongoing dialogue between the government and the opposition saying it is healthy because it acts in the national interest.

"Constructive engagement is the best way forward. Anarchy is never the answer but the refuge of the coward," he said.

He said that the President will not tolerate corruption in his government and the moment an appointee steps out of line will be removed.

"The President is clear about one thing; This Administration is about efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery to the people. The moment any appointee steps out of line or acts in a manner that is inconsistent with this mantra, it is not beyond the President to make changes in senior ranks of the executive," he said.

"At an appropriate time and in his wisdom, the President could make such changes."

On election promises, Mudavadi said the government has kept the majority of campaign pledges.

He, however, said that the government will always refine and improve on promises they make.

Mudavadi added that electoral promises are made based on information available at the time.

The Prime CS said that Kenyans have to make painful decisions even with the high cost of living.

"No doubt there is pain that we are taking, but it is not in vain. Honestly, it is a short-term pain for long-term gain. The previous regime gave Kenyans a false sense, resulting in long-time pain," he said.

Mudavadi said that deductions from the heavy taxation are not in vain because they will provide improved healthcare and allow citizens to become homeowners.

"In global geopolitics, there are no enemies amongst nations, just interests. We are rooted in the principles of mutual respect, adherence to international legal obligations and safeguarding our national interests. We treat all nations with respect and dignity," he said.

He said that the government has a five-year contract with the people built around key priorities.

Mudavadi added that Kenyans will evaluate their performance and provide a scorecard in five years.

He said that performance contracting is a commitment to work efficiently and effectively together to fulfil commitments.

The CS said Public Participation Bil seeks to place the right of citizens to be heard at the heart of governance by establishing clear standards and a strong framework for Kenyans’ voices.

Mudavadi added that the government's success will be measured not only by its achievements but also by its ability to uphold principles of democracy, the rule of law and service to the people.

"The way forward involves addressing challenges head-on learning from experience and aligning policies to the nation’s long-term interests."

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