By Omar Yusuf
Dear Mr. President, I’m not only disappointed but utterly dismayed by your State of The Nation address this afternoon.
You said, and I quote;
1. In the year under review, we, as a nation, have continued to deepen our democracy and the Rule of Law –
Have we really? Didn’t the High Court twice in the past few months rule against the Security Laws you pushed aggressively in parliament? Didn’t the High Court expose your plans to take back the constitutional gains we made over the years?
The Kenya Police openly protected the land grabbers and teargassed children at Langata Road Primary School when their playground was grabbed. How did you deepen the rule of law in this instance? Why until today, no one has been prosecuted for the brazen attempt to grab that land?
2. We remain conscious of our patriotic duty to nurture a united nation.
Mr. President, a United nation is a nation that each and every one of us is a stakeholder. How come today, 83% of your administration including high ranking civil servants are made up of only 2 tribes? Out of the 83% a whopping 60% is made up of your tribesmen & women? Are you really conscious of your patriotic duty to nurture a united nation?
3. The construction of the Standard Gauge Railway is progressing according to plan.
Mr. President didn’t the Court of Appeal and Parliament’s Public Investments Committee, who moved against the Kenya Railways Corporation award of the Sh324 billion contract to build the Mombasa-Nairobi railway to two Chinese state-owned enterprises? Didn’t these 2 institutions point out the irregular awarding of the tenders?
Among the PIC’s far-reaching and hard-hitting recommendations were that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission investigates the flouting of PPDA rules by the managing director and management of KRC in the entire tendering process.
Didn’t the PIC also directed that EACC investigate the KRC board for failing to observe a previous PIC report on the SGR, on the issue of selecting an independent consultant? The project went ahead anyway right?
Didn’t the World Bank commission a study that concluded â€œthere is no justification for a standard gauge rail network in the East African region at this timeâ€, recommending cheaper rehabilitation alternatives.
4. In line with my administration’s commitment to improve health care, we have invested 38 billion shillings to roll out the Managed Equipment Services Program.
Mr. President don’t you know that under our constitution, health services are devolved to the counties? Why did your administration not only transgress on the constitution but go ahead and single source for the equipment?
If i quote you verbatim; This capacity (equipment)is the most sophisticated in the region, enabling access to world-class diagnosis and treatment.
Mr. President aren’t you misleading Kenyans by saying the equipment are meant for treatment? Didn’t the General Electric Company come out clearly and mentioned that the equipment are solely for diagnosis? Didn’t your Health Secretary come out and affirmed the GE statements?
You have not only violated the constitution by undermining the counties but also misled Kenyans with your statement.
5. Mr. President, I quote you verbatim;
We have made significant progress in land reform. The reorganization and clean-up of the Nairobi and Mombasa land registries is complete.
Didnt you pledge to Kenyans during the campaigns that you will finally bring the Ndungu Report to light and act on its recommendation? How come there is no mention of this? How come land grabbing is still rife in your administration? Why did Mrs. Ngilu threaten to name the person behind Langata Road Pri and then resign? Why didnt you call her bluff if indeed Land Reforms is important to your administration?
I beg to rest here and promise to bring the second and final installment of my rebuttal of your speech with hard facts and not empty rhetoric.