In Summary

  • All the numbers show that in all the key economic and social parameters, Kenya has grown in leaps and bounds.
  • My dear Kenyans, we must reject campaigns for piecemeal constitutional amendments to serve short-term political goals.

President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) with his Togolese counterpart Faure Gnassingbé during Jamhuri Day at Nyayo National Stadium on December 12, 2016. Kenya is indeed a shining jewel, an economic, political, and communications hub on the continent. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 
My fellow Kenyans, we have come a long way since that glorious day on December 12, 1963.

All the numbers show that in all the key economic and social parameters, Kenya has grown in leaps and bounds.

We are an independent nation blessed with proud, hardworking, resilient people.

Kenya is indeed a shining jewel, an economic, political, and communications hub on the continent.

We have good reason to stand tall and proud, my fellow Kenyans.

However, it has not all been a success story.

Our lopsided development today starkly brings home the truth of JM Kariuki’s prescient observation of the 1970s.

What the great patriot called a nation of 10 millionaires and 10 million beggars is now a nation of 40 billionaires and 40 million beggars.

My fellow Kenyans, if we closely analyse our national situation, we should be crying over what might have been rather than celebrating what is.

Our founding fathers sacrificed so that their children may grow up in a land of equal opportunity for all, free of the triple threat of ignorance, poverty, and disease.

We have not conquered the enemies identified at independence.

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