President Kenyatta says his administration’s achievements in the past seven years dwarfs what his predecessors Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Arap Moi, and Mwai Kibaki accomplished in 50 years combined.
Uhuru, in his 57th Madaraka Day celebrations speech at State House on Monday, listed some of the development projects his government has delivered.
For instance, he indicated that the country had only 1,800 kilometers of tarmacked roads at independence, which took 78 years to build.
“This means every year they only managed to tarmac a total of 23 kilometers,” said Uhuru.
After 1963, when the country attained independence, president’s Jomo Kenyatta, Moi and Kibaki administrations constructed 11,200 kilometers of road in a period of 50 years, translating to 10 times more than what the colonizers achieved, said Uhuru.
But since he took over from Kibaki in 2013, Uhuru said his government has tarmacked over 7,000 kilometers of road, representing an average of 1,000 kilometers of roads every year.
This, he said, is 44 times more than what the colonial administration built and four times more than the previous three governments achieved.
In addition, Uhuru noted that the revival of the Kenyan rail system is being done under his administration, singling out the construction of the standard gauge railway (SGR), and the ongoing restoration of the defunct Nairobi-Nanyuki railway line and the soon-to-start rehabilitation of the Naivasha-Malaba meter gauge railway.
“Turning to railways now, this is where my biggest critiques reside. But that’s ok, they are not alone, they are in fellowship with the colonizers who called our railway the Lunatic Express,” he added.
Further to this, Uhuru said his government has managed to revive the collapsed Port of Kisumu which currently serves the northern and southern corridors.
“And with this port, Kenya can service the region from Mwanza and Bukoba in Tanzania to Jinja and Entebbe in Uganda; and Muhoma Bay in Rwanda at affordable costs and decent timing,” he noted.