President Uhuru Kenyatta opted to mentally prepare Kenyans for the changes happening within the government.
Speaking at State House, he emphasised that his government is committed to implementing its transformation agenda and that meant that many things would change.
“Change sometimes is painful, change sometimes is unforgiving, change sometimes also makes mistakes but change has to come and we are committed to making sure that Kenya changes. That the things of the past remain in the past,” he told citizens.
He urged Kenyans not to personify government programs because they would continue to run even if the people implementing them exited.
“We need to get people to be able to appreciate that they are voting or ideas not personalities, for programs, for agendas, so understand it in that light,” Uhuru spoke.
The Head of State was responding to concerns that the government appeared to be bulldozing certain changes to its citizens without proper civic education.
The Huduma Namba registration, whose deadline was extended, received backlash from many Kenyans who protested that the government was issuing threats to those who don’t register.
Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja spoke in the Senate on Friday castigating the government for rolling out programs in a bullish way.
“Why is the government acting as if it is at war with the people, why are you threatening Kenyans? Today you are telling them to take Huduma Namba, tomorrow it is about house levy, the following day you are imposing sanction on the importation of vehicles,” protested Sakaja.
On the implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) in schools, the senator questioned why teachers who are challenging the procedure are being arrested.
“When teachers ask valid questions about the curriculum, they are arrested and taken to court. The same government expects them to teach pupils the following day,” Sakaja added.
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