Kenya: President Kenyatta Delivers State of the Nation Address

President Uhuru Kenyatta.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is currently making his annual State of the Nation address to Parliament, the first since his re-election in two rounds of elections last year.

The president is legally required to address a joint sitting of the Senate and the National Assembly at least once a year and has used the event in the past to make momentous announcements.

President Kenyatta: The trust that the people have bestowed on us is sacred. The Constitution that brings us here for this address is actually a guide to help us create a healthier and more united country. Our constitutional order is secure. Devolution is no longer a baby, but is mature and thriving.

President Kenyatta: We are today above the 15 percent threshold for the allocation of resources to counties.

President Kenyatta: I recently signed the County Revenue Allocation Bill giving Sh372bn for counties in the next financial year 2018/2019.

President Kenyatta: Kenya is a country of god-fearing and generous people.

President Kenyatta: Most of Kenyans are honest to a fault and intolerant of graft. The Kenyan people are ahead of us, their leaders. Leaders at every level of government must demonstrate a desire to serve and maintain the highest level of integrity.

President Kenyatta: Last year, we recovered Sh500m acquired fraudulently. The government must report fraud. Teachers must teach students on the value of honesty.

President Kenyatta: All of us are in agreement that Kenyans want a lower cost of living, affordable food, and broad and inclusive growth.

President Kenyatta: I have launched the second phase of the SGR line. Last year, we completed the most ambitious project in Kenya's history.

President Kenyatta: After devolution conference of last week, county governments are keen to work with the national government to improve immunisation rates.

President Kenyatta: Cash was transferred to vulnerable households, giving them the choice of how to spend their stipends.

President Kenyatta: A decent roof over one's head is the most tangible symbol of a decent life. We have designed a new housing programme that will incorporate the private sector.

President Kenyatta: My dream is that every Kenyan will have the capacity to own a decent home. This dream is going to become a reality if we join our hands to incentivise, especially, the private sector.

President Kenyatta: We cannot rest for the threat is ever present and all Kenyans must constantly be alert.

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