President’s speech faulted

Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi has criticized President Uhuru Kenyatta saying he failed to address key issues affecting Kenyans in his Jamhuri Day speech yesterday.

Mudavadi said a poor economy and unprecedented public borrowing locking out the private sector, increasing interest rates and high inflation are the issues the President ought to have addressed ‘rather than fume at the ICC and civil society’.

He added that it was curious the head of state evaded the mention of the flopped free laptops for pupils and the stuttering SGR line in the list of Jubilee achievements that the he counted.

“That is a clear indication we will soon be saddled with a white elephant SGR railway – incomplete, unviable and uneconomical,”

Mudavadi said the he expected President Kenyatta to personally renounce corruption that has dogged his administration in its first term in office.

“I listened to the President’s speech with shock: It wasn’t just a boring recitation of Jubilee failures as success; the President seems to believe in the deceitful “we have set aside” philosophy that is used by his government to hide incompetence. Under this philosophy, the President reels off figures in the billions only his imagination can conjure up because poor Kenyans don’t see or feel what these billions are doing,” Mudavadi said.

“And that is why I expected the President to personally disavow corruption. But, true to character, having washed his hands of the war on corruption, he virtually avoided all mention of it. Not strangely, he said the theft at the NYS was a “challenge” that has instead helped NYS achievements,” Mudavadi who lost to Mr Kenyatta in the 2013 elections added.

While addressing Kenyans from Nyayo Stadium during the celebrations, President Kenyatta said despite the corruption allegations that has dogged the National Youth Service, the programme has delivered some clear successes.

“As we seek to empower our youth, I will not shy away from making reference to the National Youth Service. Despite the challenges that our NYS programme has faced, it has delivered some clear successes,” he said.

He assured Kenyans that all those involved in pilfering resources earmarked for the youth will be held to account.

“I would like to urge Kenyans to draw a clear distinction between the positive impact of the NYS Programme and the deplorable mismanagement of the past orchestrated by individuals who were determined to railroad its success,” the President said.

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