UHURU KENYATTA'S SECOND TERM
Last Updated: 2017-11-10
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An NNN-KBC Special Report by Naisula Lesuuda, Member of Parliament, Kenya

NAIROBI, Nov 10 (NNN-KBC) -- As President Uhuru Kenyatta begins his second and last term as head of state, we can look forward with hope to the plans he has for the country. Jubilee’s second term in power will propel Kenya to unimaginable heights. We have already seen what the party can do -- the milestones they achieved in their first term speak for them.

Yet President Kenyatta and his Deputy President, William Ruto, came into office in 2013 with the baggage of charged for alleged crimes against humanity they were facing at the International Criminal Court (ICC) hanging on their heads.

Now that the conundrum surrounding the repeat presidential election looks to be finally over and Uhuru having been declared the winner of the repeat presidential election of Oct 26 by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), what remains is his swearing in. And then the hard work begins.

And we can be sure that they will deliver. If anything, the President is keen on cementing his legacy. With his re-election almost assured, the President can now sit down and establish a Cabinet that will help him deliver on his campaign pledges, and in essence, help him leave a lasting legacy.

Don’t get me wrong. Uhuru’s achievements in his first term are solid and will make him remembered for generations. Take a look; in his first term, he delivered Kenya’s biggest infrastructure project ever. He built the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from scratch in just four years. The magnitude of the project is mind-boggling; it is 10 times bigger than the Thika Superhighway, one of his predecessor’s most renowned legacy projects. The SGR project, it must be said, had the president’s keen interest from the word go. That is why it was completed ahead of time.

That NASA (Opposition coalition National Super Alliance) leader Raila Odinga often claimed credit for the SGR, saying it was the Grand Coalition Government which he served as prime Minister that drew up the plans, is reason enough to tell you just how big a project the SGR really is.

Then there are the 10,000 kilometres of roads launched by Jubilee all over the country, which have opened up access to Kenya’s interior. Add to that the rural electrification programme that has managed to connect all primary schools in Kenya to the national grid, and by extension the homes around these schools.

he free maternity services programme for Kenya’s women, the Youth and Women Empowerment Fund, the revival of the National Youth Service (NYS), the list is endless.

Can you imagine what both Uhuru and Ruto can achieve with no baggage on their backs as they begin their final term as President and Deputy President? Not having to please anyone now that he will not be seeking re-election again? With a majority in both houses of Parliament that will allow him pass his agenda quickly?

In his campaigning for re-election, the President promised to build on the successes from his first term in office, and seek to right the misses. He promised to establish a free secondary education programme to build on the gains of free primary education. Already, the Ministry of Education has finished up on the plans for this promise, and almost all is ready for its roll out in January 2018.

The President also promised to create 1.3 million jobs every year, establish a government-sponsored apprenticeship programme for university and college graduates and to make government easily accessible and transparent.

These are just a few of the many things he promised Kenyans in his campaigns.

Already, the President is said to be drawing up his Cabinet with an eye on a team that will help him deliver on his promises. This is good tidings for Kenyans.

This is a Cabinet that is also expected to firm up on Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid. The President and his deputy must get it right. Their new Cabinet has to deliver on two fronts -- ensure a lasting legacy for the President and lay the ground for Ruto’s bid in 2022.

And so after all the political noise that has shadowed us for months leading to the two elections, we can now settle down to build our country. We all bear the responsibility of making a difference and leaving Kenya a better place than we found it for our children.

(Naisula Lesuuda is the MP for Samburu West. The views expressed in this article are her own and do not reflect the opinion of the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation or the NAM News Newwork). -- NNN-KBC