The Star (Nairobi)

22 April 2014

Kenya: Jubilee Should Focus On Security, Jobs

editorial

The Jubilee government should prioritise security and employment as it embarks on its second year in power. The first year ended with criticism from the opposition that it failed to achieve many of the campaign pledges it made.

During his inaugural speech, President Uhuru promised economic progress, national unity, affordable healthcare, food security and jobs for the youth. He also pledged to improve the standard of education, which included the ambitious project to provide a laptop for every primary school pupil.

But according to public perception surveys released recently by independent pollsters, majority of Kenyans feel the issue of insecurity is getting out of hand. This has probably been exacerbated by the string of shootings and bombings associated with the Somalia al Shabaab terror group.

The public has also felt that not enough is being done to curb runaway unemployment which, coupled with high food prices and inflation, has left the ordinary mwananchi feeling pessimistic about the future. As it enters the second year in power, the Jubilee government yesterday said energy, devolution and security will top the agenda.

Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said the government will also create 250,000 jobs and increase infrastructure development. The government should state concrete steps it will take to address insecurity, and enumerate the methods through which the envisaged jobs will be created.

Failure to do that could see another year pass with little progress.

Quote of the day: "Science is organised knowledge. Wisdom is organised life." -- German philosopher Immanuel Kant was born on April 22, 1724

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