My fellow Kenyans —
As I have repeatedly said, I remain deeply committed to seeing our country evolve a government that is committed first and foremost to investing in the people.
I remain deeply committed to overseeing a country that measures its well-being not by the GDP but by the impact of policies on real lives of real people at the household level-a society truly committed to uplifting the poor in its midst.
That is why I disclosed last week that as we go around inviting Kenyans into our unity agenda under the Azimio la Umoja, our single focus is going to be how to ensure our people are fed, healthy, educated and safe before all other considerations, now, and well into the future.
We are determined to ensure that our people have adequate food and that no child will be born into poverty again and be confined to poverty as has become the norm in this country. Not again.
We believe the time has come for a government that spends on Kenyans not on itself.
We believe the time has come for a government that spends on its people and not on expensive trips, per diems, mandazis in offices, inflated tenders and imprests that are never surrendered.
The lax attitude towards public funds in this country has created a fertile environment for corruption and outright theft—stealing from the people.
It has also created a perverse incentive structure where people join public service and not the private sector to get rich; where people’s riches or poverty are easily traceable to the duration in or out of office. This will have to end.
As I declared a few days ago, I am looking forward to a government that shall embark on a direct cash transfer programme to the 2 million poorest households in the country going forward.
This programme will reach about 8 million poor Kenyans a year given that the average size of a household across the country is four individuals.
October 13, 2021