City Lawyer Donald Kipkorir penned a passionate mock speech which he suggested president Uhuru Kenyatta should read on Monday, October 20, during Mashujaa Day.
In the speech, the lawyer wielded satire and sarcasm criticising the president for a number of failures in his government.
"Today," the speech uploaded on the lawyers' Facebook wall begun, "...we come to Mombasa to celebrate Mashujaa Day. But we can't celebrate Mashujaa Day when there are so few still existing, when so many are mourning, crying and suffering."
Kipkorir weighed in on the Likoni Ferry tragedy that claimed the lives of 35-year-old Mariam and her 4-year-old daughter Amanda.
"That they laid in the sea for so long, represents the purity of their souls but also the ineptitude and negligence of our institutions. That we all watched her car as it slid to the sea for an agonising 20 minutes is a testament of the death of our National Soul."
The attorney called out the Kenya Ferry Services for its failure to protect the lives of Mariam and Amanda.
"We failed her. We are here to ask Mariam and Amanda to forgive us. And in humility, we will atone for our failings," he went on.
Kipkorir further wanted the head of state to declare, "as I first step in national repentance, I hereby dissolve the Kenya Ferry Services."
The speech streams on, "On November 28, 2017, I took the Oath of Office to begin my second and last term as your President. Today is exactly 1 year, 10 months and 20 days since that day."
"But with all the politicking around the country, you will think I have done my Five Years. You elected me to serve you for Five More Years. I have committed to during these Five Years deliver my Big4 Agenda ...
"To do, I had to bring together the Country with my Handshake with my brother, His Excellency Raila Odinga and coupling it with a renewed fight to end Corruption."
Korir also weighed in on the corruption allegations that have dogged Kenyatta's administration.
"I will not allow Kenya to be destroyed by Corruption, Tribalism and Ethnic Politics. Every Election Year in Kenya has brought with it Death, Mayhem and Economic Stagnation. It will not happen again. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat its mistakes."
Here is the rest of the mock speech by the lawyer:
My Handshake has given Kenya unparalleled peace and quiet. No Economy can grow and no investors can come unless there is guaranteed stability. Is there anyone who can deny the existing quiet? Even the blind and the deaf can testify to the peace we have.
And my fight against Corruption creates an enabling environment for all. Investors want certainty in their business ... They want to know that the government regulations and fees are what they are published to be ... They want to be sure that all the cards are on the table. That there no hidden conditions.
We say we want to be Singapore of The Savannah. That we want to be The Netherlands of the Rift Valley. Norway on the Hills. We can’t be all these unless we end Corruption as they did. Together, we will end. George Kinoti and Noordin Haji have the will, the energy, the resources, and national goodwill to end it. They have my support.
Two weeks ago, only the US stood atop Kenya in World Athletics Championships in Doha. Last week, Eliud Kipchoge became the first human being since creation to run 42 Km under Two Hours.
Those athletes are our national heroes. Their dedication to the sport. Their daily sacrifices. Their humility. All these are qualities we all need to and ought to emulate. Our Athletes are our national heroes. They are our Ambassadors. Today is their day.
I want to open a new chapter with the people of the Coast Region. I offer my regrets and apology that the Government in Nairobi has ignored you for 55 Years. Not anymore. The building of Likoni Ferry will be a game-changer. Like what bridges have done in Japan, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Brazil, and Britain, Likoni Bridge will change this region forever.
I hereby establish the Likoni Bridge Delivery Board in the place of Kenya Ferry Services to insulate it from corruption and administrative delays. It will be domiciled in my office and I will be an ex officio Member Of the Board.
The Board will deliver the project in time, on schedule and on budget. We will spend over Kshs. 300 Billion and its employment, supplies, and leadership will be mainly Coastal. I leave it to the good wisdom of the Board to decide how they will honor Amanda and Mariam in the Project. I know they will rise to the occasion and do it.
Dear Kenyans, I wish there were better times. But I see hope on the horizon. I see a new dawn. I see a new Kenya that embraces all her children. We can’t despair. I can’t despair. Kenya has seen its worst. We will never see it again. We will never allow it again. There will never be darkness again over our land.
The day is beckoning. The sea breeze with the pure souls of Amanda and Mariam is uplifting us. I implore all to support me in this new dawn. I ask you to support me in building bridges across all our people, all faiths, all regions. Never again, will anyone be left behind.
May God Bless each of you. May God Bless Kenya. Ahsanteni Sana. Mungu awabariki mpaka mshangae. Mie wenu, Uhuru Kenyatta.
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