President Uhuru Kenyatta, in his State of the Nation address on Thursday, urged members of the National Assembly to fast track five bills that were pending.
This, he explained, would facilitate the implementation of the Big 4 Agenda as per the manifesto he presented when he assumed office.
The bills include Land Value index laws amendment Bill, Physical Planning Bill, Irrigation Bill, Warehouse receipt system bill and Kenya Roads Bill.
“To facilitate implementation of the Big 4 programmes, I urge Parliament to fast-track the mediation of the Land Value Index Laws (Amendment) Bill , the Physical Planning Bill, the Irrigation Bill, the Warehouse Receipt System Bill and Kenya Roads Bill.
"The consideration and approval by Parliament of various Protocols, Treaties and Sessional Papers continue to enhance Kenya’s international standing in the community of nations, creating stability and predictability in our governance framework,” revealed the president during the address that took place in Parliament.
He also lauded the legislators for diligently working on bills with only two pending his approval.
“I also wish to acclaim Parliament for its continued diligence. In the period under review, 22 Bills have been enacted into Acts of Parliament, with 2 currently awaiting Presidential Assent," continued Uhuru.
During the address, the President revealed that the country's economy was strong with an estimated growth rate of 5.6% over the last 5 years. In 2018 alone, the country grew by 6.1 per cent.
“This encouraging growth performance was supported by strong public and private sector investments as well as prudent macro-economic policies," remarked the president.
During the address, Uhuru also paid an ode to outstanding Kenyans including Olympic Champion and World Marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge, Global Teacher Prize winner Peter Tabichi and Roy Allela who garnered global accolades for inventing smart gloves.
Watch the live stream of his full address here:
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