NAIROBI (Xinhua) —
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday
promised to focus on economic development and work with all
Kenyans in his second and final term in office.
addressed the nation during 54th Independence Day
celebrations in Nairobi, spelt out four pillars of his vision
for economic growth, and vowed to respect the constitution by
shifting from politics to transforming the east African nation.
He said the Big
Four—food security, affordable housing, manufacturing, and
affordable healthcare—are the pillars of his vision to transform
“The Big Four will
create jobs, which will enable our people to meet their basic
needs. Jobs will transform the lives of our people from that of
hardship and want, to new lives of greater comfort and
well-being. And that is the future I have seen,” Kenyatta said.
The Kenyan leader
said the Big Four will build on the foundation laid in his first
term in sectors such as transport, electricity distribution,
education, and ICT.
He said Kenya has
lost many golden opportunities because leaders have elevated
politics to a level higher than economic prosperity.
poverty, as well as weak nations and conflicts in Africa, were a
consequence of a wrong approach to nation-building that focused
on politics at the expense of the economic well-being of the
“Poverty is not our
fate as Africans,” he said. “It is merely the outcome of the
wrong solutions and priorities by leaders and their followers.”
“For proof of this,
you only need to take a look at the countries that have focused
on politics for its own sake, and they abound on our continent,”
Kenyatta, who was
sworn into office for his second term on Nov. 28, said he will
unite and lead Kenyans to make a paradigm shift that will place
equal opportunity, dignity for all and the pursuit of material
prosperity for all above politics.
“I have seen the
future, and it is at hand. The pursuit of politics for politics’
sake is the past; the pursuit of political leadership for
economic liberation is the future,” he said. “And it is up to
us, as Kenyans, to deliver it.”
Kenyatta said he is
willing to engage with all Kenyans—including leaders of the
opposition—in focusing the nation on economic transformation.
“I reach out to all
Kenyans to help in achieving our common goal of peace, stability
and prosperity for all. It is our shared responsibility to work
for these ends, knowing that we all have a role to play and that
we all must listen to one another,” he said.
He warned that his
govern-ment will not tolerate any acts that treat Kenya’s
constitutional order with casual recklessness.
“The constitution is
the general will of all. No one is above it: no matter who you
are, you are subject to its authority. Anything outside the
constitution is a hostile intrusion,” he said.
-- Kenyan F-5 jet fighters perform during the
54th Independent day celebrations at Kasarani
International Stadium in Nairobi. Powered by two General
Electric J85-GE-21B turbojet engines providing a top speed
of 1,700 km/h, the F-5E/F Tiger II is an advanced avionics
fighter aircraft that ranks highly in the defence
industry. The Aircraft has an automatic flight control
systems, and an electronic display besides auxiliary
equipment that makes it easy to pilot and use for military
assault operations like in Somalia. Designed to offer
optimized versatility the Kenya Air Force F-5E/F Tiger II
is an air superiority fighter aircraft during air-to
ground operations. The Kenyan fighter jet is designed with
two 20mm single barrel automatic cannon, the pontiac M39A2
cannons which has a firing rate of 1500rpm, on both sides
of its nose. The Kenyan air force jet is armed with Four
AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and two AGM-65
Mavericks air-to-surface missiles. The avionics are INS,
TACN system, global positioning system (GPS), ECM, and the
HOTAS system. The fighter jet Kenya uses has the Emerson
AN/APQ-159 radar and has an air-to-air fire control radar
system. It also has a gun-sight system.
XINHUA PHOTO - CHARLES