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Uhuru's address failed to capture suffering of majority - Karua

Only a handful of counties can boast of improved health services and infrastructure during covid.

In Summary

•The reluctance to face the monster of corruption head on and to demonstrate commitment to address it in his final year together with official display of impunity in the face of court orders likely to be a blur on Uhuru’s legacy. 

•While agreeing that his administration has done remarkably well in infrastructure mainly; roads and electricity connectivity, the speech does not mention the obvious issue of endemic corruption

Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua arrives at Wang’uru stadium in Kirinyaga county for Mashujaa Day celebration on October 20.
Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua arrives at Wang’uru stadium in Kirinyaga county for Mashujaa Day celebration on October 20.
Image: MERCY MUMO

The State of the Nation address is very well written and enumerates what the president sees as the successes of his two terms in office.

While agreeing that his administration has done remarkably well in infrastructure mainly; roads and electricity connectivity, the speech does not mention the obvious issue of endemic corruption which leads to exaggerated pricing of these projects, this undermining services delivery and often times quality.

Corruption has greatly compromised health services during Covid both at national level (covid billionaires) and at the county levels. Only a handful of counties can boast of improved health services and infrastructure during covid.

The leased equipment itself a scandal that continues to rip off counties of much needed revenue, is under utilised or not utilised at all due to unaddressed personnel hitches.

The reluctance to face the monster of corruption head on and to demonstrate commitment to address it in his final year together with official display of impunity in the face of court orders likely to be a blur on Uhuru’s legacy.

Insistence on a non existent constitutional moment in the wake of two court rulings and a pending appeal in the Apex court again demonstrate disdain for courts and the rule of law.

Finally failure to capture the suffering of the majority in an economy literally growing in the pockets of a privilege few, while a majority can hardly afford the basics casts the government out of touch with the people.

Hon. Martha Karua - Leader Narc - Kenya