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Statement on the Mpeketoni attack


I am deeply saddened by the attack of innocent Kenyans in Mpeketoni that has led to the loss of many lives. I wish a quick recovery to those who survived the attack and send my deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones in this unfortunate attack. May the souls of the departed rest in eternal peace.

I have visited the people of Mpeketoni many times. I have always been delighted by the warmth of the people and their sense of community. It is very unfortunate that such evil, pain and suffering would be visited upon them. As they come to terms with and recover from such a grievous violation of their lives, we must stand with them as a nation.

The attack on Mpeketoni is a reminder to us all that the level of insecurity in Kenya has reached intolerable levels. With the increasing frequency and gravity of attacks, rising levels of crime and the failure of our security organs to guarantee Kenyans of their security is evident. In the past, we have heard strong statements on security after every attack. Unfortunately, these statements are often not followed by commensurate action. As I have stated before, strong words must be followed by tough action. This is often not the case and this attack is clear evidence of the continued failure of our security organs to live up to our expectations.

It is very evident now, our intelligence gathering remains as weak as before the Westgate attack which should have been a watershed moment for the management of security in Kenya. Each year, the security organs are allocated huge amounts of money for the sole purpose of keeping Kenyans safe. Of these, the intelligence arm get a lion’s share and must therefore be at the centre of ensuring the safety of Kenyans. It is absolutely clear that they have failed us; one does not need to be a rocket scientist to see the inadequacy of our intelligence apparatus.  The Kenyan people are not interested in the mere enumeration of foiled attacks; they want to know that they are safe and that their security can never be negotiated.

I have been steadfast in my support for the KDF incursion into Somalia to protect us from the threat of al-Shabaab. It is becoming increasingly clear that our presence in Somalia has not improved our security. We need to reassess the reasons for our presence there and possibly rethink our presence altogether. We must now, more than ever before, think of bringing back or men and women in uniform to protect our borders.

These are heavy issues that need to be approached with sobriety. As I have often stated, Kenyan belongs to all of us, and for most of us, it is our only home. We must jealously safeguard our way of life and learn to live and work together to resolve the issues affecting us.

It is moments such as this, moments which try our souls, which should reminds us of what we must do. Let’s talk to each other and resolve these security crises together.
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Happy Easter Holiday


I send my warmest wishes to all Kenyans as they celebrate the Easter holiday.

As you celebrate this important holiday with your friends and family, may you reflect on the values of charity, compassion and tolerance that have served us well in Kenya,  a country which enjoys great religious diversity.

I urge you to enjoy the Easter festival responsibly and to exercise caution especially on the road.

I wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy Easter!
 
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Pay cut commendable but insufficient


The conversation about the public wage bill has been going on for a while though the intensity of the debate has increased with the recent announcement of the pay cut by the President and his Deputy with an appeal to others to follow suit.

It seems that every time the issue of wastage in public service and the high recurrent expenditure arises, the solutions proposed revolve around the public wage bill. The gesture by the President and his Deputy is commendable even though it will contribute little to reducing the public wage bill.

Recently, we learned that the public wage bill may also be inflated by the presence of ghost workers in the payroll system and also by the fact that some civil servants may be drawing double salaries. In light of these revelations, it is important for government to improve its human resource management system in order to eliminate such inefficiencies. A proper audit should also help to clean up the payroll system to remove workers who have left public service through resignations or natural attrition. The public wage bill could be reduced even further by the elimination of duplication of roles within the public service.

Fiscal discipline is necessary for us to manage the resources we have effectively and efficiently. For us to succeed on this, we must not confine ourselves to the easy options but instead pursue far reaching and deep reforms that are well thought out. Therefore, while it is true that the public wage bill is unsustainable, if the government is committed to reducing the ever rising recurrent expenditure, it must take a much broader approach and check all excesses which would have even greater impact.

One of the major issues that need to be addressed to contain the recurrent expenditure is travel costs of government officials. As the high ranking officials rake in millions in per diem allowances and incur high air travel costs travelling abroad with their large entourages, the middle level officials result to numerous local retreats that also cost the taxpayer millions in per diem allowances as well as accommodation and travel costs. Government should encourage the use of information and communication technology to help cut the need for these expenses.

Another area of concern is the costs of government transport. The government owns far too many vehicles and spends too much money on the maintenance and running costs of its fleet of vehicles. The policy to eliminate fuel guzzlers from the government fleet has attained only a modest measure of success. However, the challenge of cost is not only on consumption but also the maintenance of the vehicles. The government should only own vehicles for essential services.

Reforming our public procurement system would also greatly help to reduce the loss of public resources. As it is now, our public procurement system is poorly designed, costly and badly managed, making it prone to abuse.  Public procurement is the foundation of the corruption that government is often accused of. More needs to be done to ensure that every bidder has a fair chance of accessing procurement opportunities without hindrance from rent-seeking operatives and cartels.

Curbing travel and transport expenses and improving the public procurement system as outlined above could help the government save about Kes 250 billion per year. This could and should be augmented by an improvement of the tax collection system by the Kenya Revenue Authority. At present, KRA is collecting around Kes 1 trillion per year but it is believed that, with greater efficiency and support from the government, it could collect more than Kes 1.5 trillion. Additionally, KRA must deepen and broaden coverage to ensure that revenue is collected from those who are currently not captured by the tax regime; every Kenyan should and must pay their fair share.

The exercise of reduction of public expenditure must not be an end in itself; it must be geared towards improving the lives of Kenyans. The savings accrued from a strict fiscal discipline and the more revenue we can get from improving the efficiency of tax collection would be adequate to allow more investments in security and infrastructure, the two sectors that are critical to reducing the cost of production and driving the cost of living down. Additionally, discipline in the management of our national resources will free up funds to enable the government to carry out its agenda without over-taxing the tax payers or levying heavy taxes on basic commodities.

The pay cut is good because it reflects an appreciation of the reality that many Kenyans face on the part of the leadership. I hope that the people who are pledging to support the President’s gesture will fulfil their pledges so that it is not just a public relations exercise. I recall when MP’s in the 10th parliament pledged to pay taxes and in the end only two ended up paying. However, and more importantly, we must pay attention to the broader issues of the recurrent public expenditure and not just restrict ourselves to a reduction of the public wage bill.
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I wonder why we always rush the last minute, this devolution thing is good if implemented well but not the bloated workforce and extravagant expenditures that we are witnessing with county govts. The government wastes far too much money on ghost projects not to mention unnecessary trips, retreats etc, I second you Hon. +Peter Kenneth
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On governance

Over the last 10 years, the annual revenue for the government has grown from about Kes 180 billion to over Kes 1 trillion last year. This shows a significant growth of our economy as well as significant improvement in our revenue collection processes. This also means that we have more resources available for use in running the machinery of state and for development.
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The World has lost an all time Icon.Fare thee well Great Madiba.
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My condolences to the families and friends of those who lost loved ones in the Umoja accident this morning. I also wish a quick recovery to all those who were injured in the unfortunate incident.
 
It saddens me that we continue to lose lives in such avoidable circumstances. In the recent past, accidents have become too many and too frequent. We are losing far too many lives. We must engage in real policy reforms to enhance the safety of our people and stop these unnecessary deaths.
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yes. my condolences too to the families of the deceased and to those who are nursng injuries God heal u soon.

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An effective National Dialogue process must be all inclusive and address pertinent issues affecting all Kenyans.
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Its not what they call its al'bout wat is in their heads
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The war on terror must be won


In the recent weeks, the security situation in the country seems to be worsening with increasing terrorist attacks and heightened radicalisation of youth.

I condemn these attacks in the strongest terms possible and pray that friends and families of those who have lost their lives in the recent wave of attacks may find peace and comfort despite the circumstances.

I have often said that security is not negotiable and emphasized the need for government to be resolute in fighting crime and terror. Security is paramount in the pursuit of economic development. A secure nation attracts visitors and investors alike. Persistent attacks therefore hinder any efforts towards attaining success in economic growth and in creating employment opportunities for the youth.

In this regard therefore, it is necessary for the government to demonstrate its capacity to secure Kenya and her people. I therefore support and encourage the government in its ongoing efforts in the pursuit of terrorists and criminals who are bent on disrupting our way of life and bringing our economy to a standstill. I urge the government to employ its full force and never to relent until security has been restored.

It is also important for the people to cooperate with the government in its pursuit of peace and security. Knowing the pain and destruction that has been visited upon our people by these criminals, it is unfortunate that some people feel that a specific community or religion being targeted. Terrorists and criminals do not carry out their acts on behalf of any tribe or religion and the efforts to rid the country of these elements must not be construed in such light.

If we are keen to stamp out these criminal elements from amongst our midst, our role must be to encourage the government to continue with the operations to flash out terrorist beginning with the hotspots and thereafter in the entire country to rid the nation of criminals and terrorists. We must therefore also speak out against any attempts to intimidate or blackmail government to halt its counter-terrorism efforts.

The war on terror must be won, and as a people, we must expect nothing less from the government. Rid us of terrorism and criminal activities so that we can each do our part to build the nation.
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I support wholeheartedly our security is not negotiable. Terrorists and criminal elements should be met with the full force of the law.
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Congratulations Lupita for validating your dream and making Kenya proud. Well done!
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Greetings for the New Year!
 
Last year was laden with a heavy agenda for our country. It was the year we held our first general election under the New Constitution and also ushered in the era of devolution. We have had enough time to settle down and now it is time for all of us, especially those in government, to leave the past behind and focus more keenly on the challenges that lie ahead of us.

This year, the government must start fulfilling its promises and help move our country forward. In this regard, security and infrastructural development remain key even as we continue in our quest to build a middle-income country with opportunities for every one of us. I am convinced that without serious efforts to improve these two areas, Vision 2030 will continue to elude us.

It is regrettable that cases of insecurity continue on the rise; the increase in carjacking, shootings and murder cases is particularly worrisome. Even as these cases on insecurity increase, we do not see any concerted efforts to deal with these cases of insecurity or to prevent them. Both the Presidential Inquiry into the Westgate attack and the Nyumba Kumi initiative which should enhance community policing and the safety of our people are yet to take off. As I stated many times before, matters of security need to be prioritised because security is critical for us to achieve any meaningful and sustainable development. Furthermore, there is need to be vigilant with regard to key national installations and how they are managed. In this respect, the recent fiasco at the JKIA is very alarming.

It will prove very difficult to attempt to build a modern economy if our cities continue to be grid-locked and movement from one point of the country to another remains unpleasant, costly and fraught with danger. For our economy to grow, infrastructural development should be prioritised and fast-tracked. The numerous accidents that are claiming numerous lives on our roads are partly attributable to poor infrastructure. In this regard, the standard gauge railway project is therefore a welcome move as long as it is above board because it will facilitate the movement of people and goods and ease the pressure on our roads. However, this must not be the end but the beginning; we need to open up many more areas of our country in order to unlock the tremendous potential that Kenya has.

The challenge we face continues to be one of enabling every Kenyan to live up to their full potential. The priority of national leadership should therefore be to provide every Kenyan, especially the youth who remain largely disenfranchised, with opportunities to realise their individual dreams and thereby contribute their fair share to the growth of the nation.

This is the time to get down to work.
 
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+Sam Mwangi I agree
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FIFTY YEARS of independence is not a small achievement; it is definitely worth commemorating. Happy birthday Kenya! - http://bit.ly/19AJ59v
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Yes Peter Kenneth, in everything we give thanks. We forge ahead. We are a choosen people. A blessed people.
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We must allow the truth to come out - http://bit.ly/17gZC58
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