During an address to the nation on Monday, President Uhuru Kenyatta laid out his legacy, pointing out that during his tenure, his government has achieved more in 7 years than all the other three governments combined.
For instance, President Kenyatta noted that at independence Kenya only had a measly 1,800 kilometres of tarmacked roads.
The 1,800 kilometres of tarmac had been built by the colonizers in the span of 78 years that they were in Kenya.
“This means every year they only managed to tarmac a total of 23 kilometres,” President Kenyatta said.
After independence, President’s Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki in their 50–year tenure built an extra 11,200 kilometres of roads. This was 10 times more than what the colonizers had achieved.
President Kenyatta now says that since taking over from Mwai Kibaki, his government has built an average of 1,000 kilometres of road every year.
The number, he adds, is 44 times more than what the colonial administration built and 4 times more than what Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki did in 50 years.
At the same time, President Kenyatta noted that the revival of the Kenyan rail system is also part of his legacy.
He noted that apart from the SGR, his government has also embarked on reviving the defunct Nairobi-Nanyuki railway line which traverses six Counties as well as the soon-to-start rehabilitation of the Naivasha-Malaba metre gauge rail.
The President also took a swipe at critics who had nit-picked the government’s work on the Kenyan rail system.
“Turning to railways now, this is where my biggest critiques reside. But that’s ok, they are not alone, they are in fellowship with the colonizers who called our railway the Lunatic Express,” he added.
Additionally, President Kenyatta noted that his government has revived the previously collapsed Port of Kisumu which currently serves the northern and southern corridors.
“And with this port, Kenya can service the region from Mwanza and Bukoba in Tanzania, to Jinja and Entebbe in Uganda; and Muhoma Bay in Rwanda at affordable costs and decent timing,” President Kenyatta added.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has shown us that he is not just a leader for his tribe [read GEMA community, good people], but a President for all. He has transcended the tribal divide, and it is something that we all need to work towards.
Against the backdrop of a comprehensive development agenda, Uhuru has been continuously working towards making sure there is room for everyone at the table.
Starting with the bond with his then opponent William Ruto to form Jubilee, continuing to the ‘Handshake’ and the consequent Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) with his former rival Raila Odinga, and now, in the shadow of the Coronavirus bringing Gideon Moi to the fold to help contain the disease.
In fact, Uhuru might be the greatest force of unity our nation has seen since the Independence struggle.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is a brilliant politician. His gift is raw, down-to-earth star power: a 10,000-watt gap-toothed smile, the familiar laugh with the head thrown back and an almost compulsive tactility.