Wangui Githugo and PSCU @PeopleDailyke
President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday held a live online conversation with Kenyans at which he promised to create 6.5 million extra-quality jobs in the next five years. He said he has put in place an action plan to create more jobs and lower the cost of living to build on the progress his administration has made in the last four years.
“My action plan will transform the progress we have made over the last four years, into real benefits for all Kenyans. Over the next five years, my government will create 6.5 million extra quality jobs, especially for the youth,” said Uhuru.
The live online conversation —the first of its kind — accorded Kenyans the opportunity to hear the President talk directly about his action plan that will ensure every single person in the country shares in prosperity.
“I want to have a candid conversation with all Kenyans — a conversation about the progress we’ve made and the policies for the future — not politics and power-games,” said Uhuru.
The President, at the same time, assured Kenyans of a peaceful election. Speaking yesterday morning from State House where he was live on his social media platforms, Uhuru took questions from different parts of the country.
He said he will concede defeat if “it is the will of the people to give another person the opportunity to govern the country”. “Raila has to defeat me first but I intend to defeat him. But let me put it this way, I have done it in the past and will do it in the future to accept the will of the people.
If the will of the people is that another person is given the opportunity to continue, I will do everything in my power to ensure a smooth transition,” he said. Further, answering a query raised by thousands on violence, he said the security agencies have set up all the necessary mechanisms to ensure safety before, during and after the August 8 General Election.
With exactly 14 days to go to election day, Uhuru called on peaceful coexistence citing that it is each citizen’s responsibility to safeguard each other.
“Elections will come and go but the most important factor are the Kenyan people. It is our responsibility to safe guard each other by not committing to violence but by using constitutional, legal and judicial means to air grievances,” he said.
He further maintained that voters who will not oblige to the rule made by Acting Interior Security Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i, on leaving the polling stations after voting, will be answerable to the security agencies.
“Let’s embrace peace and brotherhood because violence never resolves anything,” he said. Uhuru called for his re-election saying in his second term, his government will still continue to invest heavily in infrastructure, education and training to create an environment “of not only job seekers but job creators”.