May 17, 2022

Inside Uhuru state of the nation address

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that because of his government’s efforts about 38 per cent of Kenya’s population will be categorised as school going by 2030.
The president said that he has prioritized affordable Universal Healthcare for Kenyans during his tenure.
“During the second quarter of 2021, real GDP recorded a phenomenal 10.1% growth. This is the highest growth ever recorded in one quarter in Kenya’s history. It is also the first time Kenya has hit double-digit growth,” Uhuru said.
Uhuru was speaking on Wednesday before a joint sitting of the Senate and the National Assembly at Parliament buildings in Nairobi.
It is presumably his last State of the Nation address.

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Uhuru said that despite the Covid-19 pandemic government policies ensured a gradually led to 0.3 per cent growth in the first quarter of the year.
“To institutionalize the Affordable Housing Programme into posterity and in partnership with our development partners, we established the Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company. This provides long-term large-scale funding to Banks and Saccos, which in turn avail those funds to homebuyers at fixed and affordable interest rates below 10%,” he said.
“Therefore, the dream of owning a home is today a greater possibility to many more of our fellow citizens than it was four years ago.”

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Uhuru said that he has accelerated the turnaround of SMEs by implementing reforms. They include full automation of business registration services, re-engineering of the application for power, water and sewer connection, automation of the land registration processes and improved the country’s business climate in the process.
“This means that 2 out of every 5 Kenyans. And to meet the ever-growing demands of the global landscape, we must prepare the next generations now. Today, Not Tomorrow,” the Head of State said.
The Head of State also praised the handshake between himself and ODM leader Raila Odinga for the role it played in securing economic acceleration.

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“My Administration has secured an impressive economic acceleration, including doubling our GDP from Sh 4.74 Trillion to Ksh.11 Trillion,” Kenyatta said.
“We have also made Big Push Investments that have spurred development, revived dead capital, boosted entrepreneurship and restored dignity to our people through water and sanitation, healthcare, education, and security reforms.”

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