The Star (Nairobi)

22 April 2014

Kenya: Jubilee to Give Jobs, Energy Priority

President Uhuru Kenyatta plans to create 250,000 jobs in the next twelve months.

Through his Spokesman Manoa Espisu, the President told the Star yesterday that has asked all his Cabinet Secretaries to up their game and ensure at least 250,000 jobs are created in various sectors.

Uhuru has began his second year in office and in his state of the Nation address to Parliament early this month the President admitted that he had not achieved much because of various challenges his government faced since coming to power.

Yesterday, the president outlined his new priorities which he said will exhilarate economic growth thereby creating more opportunities and jobs for millions of jobless young people.

"Bringing on the national grid cheap electricity in order to lower energy costs as well as cost of living will be key this year. Infrastructure, including the commissioning Terminal 4 and new terminal at JKIA will also be a priority. We believe once we bring to fruition what we are doing in this areas then a significant number of jobs would been created," said the President through Manoa.

He also explained that his government was working round the clock to ensure security is restored across the country.

"Security is at the heart of growth and that's top priority. Investing in a wide range of security measures and devolution will also feature prominently in our second year in office," Manoah said.

Yesterday ODM party accused the Jubilee administration of orchestrating propaganda as an excuse to divert its poor performance in the delivery of services to the public.

ODM acting party leader and Kisumu Senator Anyang' Nyong'o said that the propaganda was choreographed to blame the opposition for not keeping the government in check properly hence its poor performance.

The Kisumu Senator singled out Jubilee strategist Moses Kuria as the lead propagandist whom he also accused of being involved in threatening Jubilee MPs and Senators who have expressed their displeasure on how the government is performing.

"What utter nonsense and absolute balderdash! One would have thought that a weak opposition would give Jubilee a field day to push all its policies through Parliament without let or hindrance," said Nyong'o in a hard hitting statement.

He continued; "the truth is, using the tyranny of both numbers and political hubris, Jubilee has succeeded in perfecting the reign of propaganda and the tyranny of lies that now leads it to attempt to outsource its incompetence to the opposition. This cannot be Jubilee's salvation."

On the wage Bill the government plans to hasten the process of merging and scrapping some parastatals and rationalize jobs in the public service to ensure that the government gets value for its money.

A cabinet sub-committee has been formed to address the issue especially the wage bill the president says it is unsustainable.

The cabinet is expecting the report from its sub committee anytime before June which clear clear plans on how to reduce the wage bill among other expenses in government.

It is expected that the report will be recommending far reaching targets which will impact positively in the running of government.

Among the issues the committee is reported to be considering is the banning of decoration flowers in government offices, provision of tea and snacks, banning of transport for officers with only senior civil servants being entailed to one official car.

Private security firms which have been providing security to government buildings and institutions are also likely to be phased out with administration police and National Youth Service members taking over.

Already a security firm which has been manning office of the Deputy President has been withdrawn.

Wajir North MP Ibrahim Saney of ODM yesterday said the jubilee administration had lost focus.

"This government is likely to achieved nothing in the next year in office. They have lost touch with the people," he said.

Nominated senator Martha Wangare said the jubilee government should work hard to ensure that the cost of living is reduce, security restored and job creation given priority.

"Touch to the common mwananchi in terms of making life better. Tackling unemployment for the youth. 11 million young energetic hopeless and jobless people is a time bomb. The government won't manage this by building shades for the youth but by growing the economy to b accommodative. The economy can only grow if investors feel safe so they should tackle insecurity firmly," She said.

State House Director of Political Affair Joshua Kuttuny said developments projects which were initiated during the first year will be accomplished with intense war of corruption.

"The standard gauge railway, laptops for primary school pupils, anti-graft war will gather pace, sustained anti-terror war; one million-acre Galana irrigation scheme and other projects will take shape in the nest year," he said.

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