PM Hailemariam attends Kenya’s golden Jubilee celebrations
Addis Ababa, 13 December 2013 (WIC) - President Uhuru Kenyatta has appealed to Kenyans to unite saying that national unity is the only way the country can develop.
Speaking during the golden Jubilee celebrations at the Safaricom Kasarani Stadium on Thursday, President Kenyatta said that national unity was one of his most passionate goals stating that he would make it his number one priority.
He added that he envisions a Kenya where its citizens are proud of their diversity.
He further said that Kenyans should reflect on the sacrifices made by the country’s forefathers to secure Kenya’s independence by living by the high ideals they envisioned.
He said their sacrifices should motivate Kenyans to build a united country saying that unity is not a matter of choice.
President Kenyatta said that Kenyans are “yet to reach the promised land” stating that there have been several missed opportunities.
He said the country’s infrastructure is insufficient while the social and political environment has been susceptible to manipulation, disabling the country from providing equity to its citizens and triggering violence.
However, the President said that in 2010 Kenyans chose to renew their faith with the founding fathers by signing a new constitution.
The President asked political leaders not to look at citizens as people to be exploited for their political pursuits but rather leaders themselves should offer themselves for the country’s development.
President Kenyatta also announced five new initiatives to deepen African unity including a visa to be provided to holders of passports from any African nation into the country for up to six months on the basis of reciprocity with the exception of cases when regional security may be under threat.
The President announced his intention to deepen investments in other African countries and to offer technical support the Continental Free Trade Agreement as part of these initiatives.
Speaking during the event Deputy President William Ruto said Kenyans should honour its past leaders.
The Deputy President added that the government will partner with business people, public servants, civil society, and the media to create a nation that works to build a country that draws its strength from its diversity.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn was one of the heads of states to grace the celebrations.
Other dignitaries that attended Thursday’s Jamhuru Day celebrations were Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, Malawian President Joyce Banda, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and Gabon’s President Omar Bongo. (AFP)
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