The overarching theme of the State of the Nation address by
President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday was that the Jubilee regime has delivered on
its pledges, the nation is in great shape and all Kenyans should be cheering.
According to the President, the economy is booming and all
elements of economic well-being could not be more sound.
We do not intend to argue with the President’s alternative
facts because it would be a futile exercise. It is not our duty to persuade a
leader from believing what he has chosen to believe despite all the evidence to
the contrary. We only wish to make a few observations that matter for people.
Millions of Kenyans are starving. As the President painted a
glowing picture of its tenure and the nation yesterday, reports by the very
government he heads indicate that the number of Kenyans facing starvation has
risen to 2.7 million in 2017 compared to 1.7 million last year.
The Jubilee administration has sent appeals for food aid all
over the world.
The famine ravaging the land is the final repudiation of Jubilee policies on
agriculture and food security. Droughts do not cause famines. Famines are
caused by the failure to mitigate droughts. Jubilee promised to make our
deserts bloom. The 1million acre irrigation promise was just cheap talk. Yet
the President says his Jubilee administration has delivered. Mr. President,
where is the food?
Kenyans across all walks of life, from smallholder farmers to
captains of industry are also wondering which economy the President was talking
about. Pension funds and other investors in the Nairobi Stock exchange lost
Ksh.120 billion in 2016. The slide continues. A record number of companies
listed on the Nairobi stock exchange have issued profit warnings. More than 10,000
Kenyans were laid off by big companies last year. These lay-offs have knock on
effects on smaller businesses that depend on these big companies as well as the
laid off employees. The Jubilee administration contends that these layoffs have
been more than compensated by jobs created by the foreign investors flocking
the country. These both foreign investors and their multitude of employees are
hiding in plain sight.
A survey by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS)
last year revealed that business establishments that were started or acquired
within the last two years accounted for 61.3 per cent of the total businesses
closed. The highest number of establishments shut down was in 2015. The main
reason cited for business closure was shortage of operating funds owing to
increased operating expenses, declining income and losses incurred from
The President painted a glowing picture of Jubilee’s
achievements in the energy sector. Yet Kenya’s industrial power costs remain
much higher than that of our competitors. It stands at an average of Ksh17 per
kilowatt hour (kWh) compared to Tanzania’s Sh12 per unit ($0.12), Egypt’s $0.11
(Sh11), Ethiopia’s $0.09 (Sh9) and South Africa’s and $0.06 (Sh6).
It is not possible to have a meaningful conversation on
healthcare with a Government that believes that equipment is more important
than doctors and health workers in general or on education with an
administration that believes laptops and tablets can deliver results without
The Jubilee administration had no qualms leasing diagnostic
equipment for Ksh.5b a year, but could not care less about the working
conditions of doctors and health workers in the public hospitals. It has had no
qualms dedicating billions to laptops while fimding it unnecessary to raise
Can equipment autonomously treat and care for the sick or teach students?
Jubilee seems to think so.
For months now, we have been treated to a national comedy of
a President running helter skelter desperately looking for projects to
commission. In this frantic, fruitless search for tangible achievements lies
the biggest mystery of the Jubilee administration. Every year, the Jubilee
Government’s development budget has exceeded the national revenue share of the
counties, with which the counties finance both recurrent and development budget.
The Jubilee development budget for four years is Ksh.1.9 trillion. Transfers to
the counties on the other hand in the same period amounts to Ksh.970 billion of
which the counties aim to spend only a third or Ksh. 320 billion on development
Having spent close to six times more than the county
governments on development projects, the President should not be scavenging for
projects to launch. He ought to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of Jubilee
projects that need launching. He would not be making whirlwind tours to Central
Kenya making promises. He should not have been drowned by demands for water and
markets from his supporters in Karatina, Mwea and Gatundu recently. Jubilee has
nothing to show for the Ksh. 1.9 trillion development budget in the four years.
Jubilee’s campaign promises from lap tops to bullet trains to
grand new sports stadia were crafted to impress the digital generation. The
administration’s undoing is that it believed its own hype and has been living
in an alternative video games reality, where resources are limitless, and
development is measured by the grandiosity of the projects, at our expense.
Jubilee took over a nation of Ksh. 1.5 trillion debt. That
debt is now Ksh. 4 trillion and rising.
As a Kenyan, has your income increased
two and a half times since Jubilee came to power? Your share of the national
debt has. And that debt is due and payable. That is why the cost of living is
skyrocketing. That is why the Jubilee administration does not want to hear of
better terms for doctors or nurses or anybody else. It has already mortgaged
Before Jubilee adopted lies as a tool for governing, the
Kenya Roads Board and the National Treasury published yearly reports on the
developments in the infrastructure sectors, especially roads. KRB would publish
how and where it has spent the proceeds of Fuel Levy while the National
Treasury published reports on roads funded by the ex-chequer. Since Jubilee
came to power, such reports have been made top secret, nolonger available to
citizens. The reason Jubilee wants to lie about roads. Yesterday, the President
repeated the familiar lies that some 7000 kilometres of roads have been done.
It is a lie.
We challenge are challenging the President to show Kenyans
the 7000 kilometres of roads it has constructed in the last four years by
category, status and region; what class of road, from where to where?
The President cannot take routine and periodic maintenance of
roads; including the gravelling the earth roads, pothole patching, bush
clearing and drainage clearance and report it as an achievement.
We challenge the President to give Kenyans a breakdown of the
Government of Kenya funding as budgeted by stating which roads were earmarked
for development in FY 2013/2014, FY 2015/2016 and FY 2016/2017, how much was
spent and when they got completed.
Fellow Kenyans, the way Jubilee has ran Kenya is no way to
run a country, or a business, or even family finances.
It is time to call this misadventure off, or we shall surely
go over the cliff. As NASA our agenda first and foremost, is to return sanity
and honesty to the management of our country, and stewardship of the economy in
This is reflected in the seven pillar policy platform we have
agreed on and articulated in our coalition agreement: National reconciliation
and healing, resolving historical injustices, realizing equality of women,
youth, persons with disabilities, and the disadvantaged communities and groups
as mandated by the Constitution (Article 27), strengthening devolution,
transforming government into a servant of the people, realizing social and
economic rights as enshrined in Article 43 of the Constitution, eradicating
poverty and unemployment and dealing decisively with corruption.
It is clear the government is lost and struggling, just when
we thought the government has the roadmap. Such is our fate as a nation. The
task ahead may look herculean, and indeed it is. The future may look bleak.
But help is at hand. Let’s take faith in the tested principle
that the darkest hour of the night comes just before the dawn.
Right honorable in deed. The people will decide in August as they have always done and the cry wolves will cry as they have always done. Come back home your sycophants are missing you "your excellency"
I knew this,perhaps you cant see anything good for Jubilee Govt,after all you are not their flower girl BUT my BIG question to you BABA is this ,why couldn't you implement all these 7 pillar policy in your reign as prime minister if true you mean well for Kenyans? remember usipoheshimu Uhuru hutaheshimiwa pia if incase NASA wins apandacho mwanadamu ndicho av unacho...
Hey boss!! Sio stori, ni matendo yawa! Counter Jubilee's claims with your main achievements as Kenya's Rt. Hon Prime Minister. Ama. maendeleo uliyoletea wanainchi wa Kibera all your life. Otherwise ngojea 8/8/17 sisi wakenya wakupe maoni yetu.
Nusu mkate gova tried a 70 bob unga but failed so we continued buying unga at sh more than 100
This is not surprising at all. It is a copy paste from the likes of Joho and Dr. Ndii. Ati the current drought ravaging half of Africa is due to Jubilee's poor policies? mungu saidia!
Its only a fool who cannot see the roads constructed by Jubilee. Rt. Prime Minister please open your eyes and see.
Raila much as you do not see any economic growth during Jublee time, you should also blame CORD and YOURSELF for slowing down the economy due to your war-like noise which scares away investors both local and international. If you really cared about Kenya you could be walking togather with Uhuru to unite the country but not dividing it by holding seperate functions during national days and other national functions and supporting good actions by jublee instead of working against them. Critisize jublee guenunely when they are wrong. This will help the country move forwad in the right direction for the betterment of the ordinary Kenyan.