President Uhuru's New Year Message to Kenyans

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta has reiterated his commitment to the implementation of the recommendations put forward by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) taskforce that he insists is the key to addressing historical and emerging national challenges.

    During his New Year's message at State House Nairobi on Tuesday, December 31, Uhuru acknowledged and condoled Kenyans who have have borne the brunt of a difficult year, especially in light of the floods and other national challenges encountered during the course of 2019.

    "I also know that there are those amongst us who have had a difficult year...it is my hope and prayer that the new year will usher in better days for you."

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (Left) and ODM leader Raila Odinga during the famous 'handshake' moment at Harambee House on March 9, 2018.

    He continued to state that he would continue to push for further the implementation of the Big Four Agenda. 

    Uhuru reiterated the need for cohesion and bridging of inter-generational equity and prayed that in the new decade which begins 2020, citizens would put aside their differences whether religious, political or ethnic and move as one unit.

    "There are still challenges that we must overcome. The remedy can not be confrontation," he warned while remarking that Kenyans were already too familiar with the consequences of confrontational politics.

    He further emphasised the need for individuals to accommodate environmental unity and constructive political engagement if national aspirations were to be achieved.

    ''You cannot preach and sell negativity yet continue to wish and pray for opportunity.''

    "I have no doubt that we have it within us to make 2020 the most successful year of our nation. I have no doubt that we have it within us to make 2020 the most successful year of our nation."

    The president concluded his New Year address by commending members of the Kenya Defence Forces for the selfless service to the nation as well as civil servants in the Education and Health sectors. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta reads through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report after receiving it from the task force at State House, Nairobi on November 26, 2019.

    "I would like to commend as well as highlight the dedicated service rendered to our country and people by our valiant KDF serving at home and abroad. The National Police Service men and women who maintain, safety, law and order amongst our communities.

    "And indeed the dedicated men and women of our public service, our teachers, doctors, nurses and all other cadres of Kenyans who diligently serve our country; Our farmers, our businessmen and women, our athletes, our artisans, artists, our clergy. I take this opportunity to thank you all and pray for God's continued blessings and protection."